[temz for 1, 2; theymz, teymz, temz for 3]
- a river in S England, flowing E through London to the North Sea. 209 miles (336 km) long.
- a river in SE Canada, in Ontario province, flowing SW to Lake St. Clair. 160 miles (260 km) long.
- an estuary in SE Connecticut, flowing S past New London to Long Island Sound. 15 miles (24 km) long.
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- (tɛmz) a river in S England, rising in the Cotswolds in several headstreams and flowing generally east through London to the North Sea by a large estuary. Length: 346 km (215 miles)Ancient name: Tamesis (ˈtæməsɪs)
- (teɪmz, θeɪmz) a river in SE Canada, in Ontario, flowing south to London, then southwest to Lake St Clair. Length: 217 km (135 miles)
Word Origin and History for thames river
Old English Temese, from Latin Tamesis (51 B.C.E.), from British Tamesa, an ancient Celtic river name perhaps meaning "the dark one." The -h- is unhistorical (see th).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
During industrialization in England, the Thames was particularly important because industries were established on the banks of the river. It passes famous buildings in London, such as the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.
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