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[soo-suh, -sah] /ˈsu sə, -sɑ/
a ruined city in W Iran: the capital of ancient Elam; palaces of Darius and Artaxerxes I; stele containing the Code of Hammurabi discovered here.
Biblical name Shushan.


[ee-luh m] /ˈi ləm/
an ancient kingdom E of Babylonia and N of the Persian Gulf.
Capital: Susa.
Also called Susiana. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Our definite knowledge of the domestic animals of Susa is very small.

  • Prexaspes, when he had returned from Susa, had reported that he had killed him.

    Darius the Great Jacob Abbott
  • The bulbs or roots were brought from Susa to Constantinople, and for that reason it was formerly called lilium Susianum.

  • Now he summoned him, and asked him to take care of the tent and the lady from Susa.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Susa (p. 508) lay a little to the east, and Exilles was directly in their way.

    The Huguenots in France Samuel Smiles.
  • The fact was, he had been summoned by the king to Susa and had not gone up.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Through the mountainous district of Savoy progress was markedly slower, the sixty miles from Chambry to Susa taking six days.

    Medival Byways Louis F. Salzmann
  • They did not come there directly from Persepolis or Susa, but from Mesopotamia.

  • This thing Histiaios was doing, because he was greatly vexed by being detained at Susa.

  • Before leaving Susa he must have thought over every incident likely to occur.

    Won by the Sword G.A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for Susa


an ancient city north of the Persian Gulf: capital of Elam and of the Persian Empire; flourished as a Greek polis under the Seleucids and Parthians Biblical name Shushan


an ancient kingdom east of the River Tigris: established before 4000 bc; probably inhabited by a non-Semitic people
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