Nineveh

[nin-uh-vuh]
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noun

the ancient capital of Assyria: its ruins are opposite Mosul, on the Tigris River, in N Iraq.

Related formsNin·e·vite [nin-uh-vahyt] /ˈnɪn əˌvaɪt/, nounNin·e·vit·i·cal [nin-uh-vit-i-kuh l] /ˌnɪn əˈvɪt ɪ kəl/, adjectiveNin·e·vit·ish [nin-uh-vahy-tish] /ˈnɪn əˌvaɪ tɪʃ/, adjective

Assyria

[uh-seer-ee-uh]

noun

an ancient empire in SW Asia: greatest extent from about 750 to 612 b.c. Capital: Nineveh.
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Nineveh

noun

the ancient capital of Assyria, on the River Tigris opposite the present-day city of Mosul (N Iraq): at its height in the 8th and 7th centuries bc; destroyed in 612 bc by the Medes and Babylonians

Assyria

noun

an ancient kingdom of N Mesopotamia: it established an empire that stretched from Egypt to the Persian Gulf, reaching its greatest extent between 721 and 633 bc . Its chief cities were Assur and Nineveh
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Word Origin and History for nineveh

Assyria

Middle English, from Latin Assyria, from Greek Assyria, short for Assyria ge "the Assyrian land," from fem. of Assyrios "pertaining to Assyria," from Akkadian Ashshur, name of the chief city of the kingdom and also of a god, probably from Assyrian sar "prince." (See also Syria).

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