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Rhine

[rahyn]
noun
  1. Joseph Banks,1895–1980, U.S. psychologist: pioneer in parapsychology.
  2. German Rhein. French Rhin [ran] /rɛ̃/. Dutch Rijn. a river flowing from SE Switzerland through Germany and the Netherlands into the North Sea: branches off into the Waal, Lek, and IJssel in its lower course. 820 miles (1320 km) long.
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British Dictionary definitions for rhine river

Rhine

noun
  1. a river in central and W Europe, rising in SE Switzerland: flows through Lake Constance north through W Germany and west through the Netherlands to the North Sea. Length: about 1320 km (820 miles)Dutch name: Rijn French name: Rhin (rɛ̃) German name: Rhein
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Word Origin and History for rhine river

Rhine

principal river in western Germany, from German Rhein, from Middle High German Rin, ultimately from Gaulish Renos, literally "that which flows," from PIE root *reie- "to move, flow, run" (cf. Sanskrit rinati "causes to flow," ritih "stream, course;" Latin rivus "stream;" Old Church Slavonic reka "river;" Middle Irish rian "river, way;" Gothic rinnan "run, flow," rinno "brook;" Middle Low German ride "brook;" Old English riþ "stream;" Old English rinnan, Old Norse rinna "to run," Dutch ril "running stream"). The spelling with -h- (cf. Latin Rhenus; French Rhin) is from influence of the Greek form of the name, Rhenos.

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rhine river in Culture

Rhine River

River in Europe, rising in the Alps of Switzerland and flowing generally north, passing through or bordering on Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France, and The Netherlands before emptying into the North Sea.

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Note

A principal river of Europe, the Rhine carries more traffic than any other waterway in the world.
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