American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A river of southwest Asia flowing about 2,735 km (1,700 mi) from central Turkey through Syria and into Iraq, where it joins the Tigris River to form the Shatt al Arab. Its waters were a major source of irrigation for the flourishing civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia.
- n. The river in the Middle East, 2780 kilometers in length, flowing southwest from Turkey, then southeast, and uniting with the Tigris before entering the Persian Gulf. It forms the Western edge of classical Mesopotamia.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. an Asia river flowing into the Persian Gulf.
- n. a river in southwestern Asia; flows into the Persian Gulf; was important in the development of several great civilizations in ancient Mesopotamia
- From Ancient Greek Εὐφράτης (Euphrátēs), from Old Persian 𐎢𐎳𐎼𐎠𐎬𐎢 (Ufrātu), from Elamite ú-ip-ra-tu-iš. Related is Akkadian purattu (cf. Classical Syriac ܦܪܬ (P(ə)rāṯ)). (Wiktionary)
“Others trace the name of a Hebrew root-word signifying "to pass over," and hence regard it as meaning "the man who passed over," viz., the Euphrates; or to the Hebrew word meaning "the region" or "country beyond," viz., the land of Chaldea.”
“The Euphrates is specified as being near Babylon, the Jews future place of exile. hole -- typical of the prisons in which the Jews were to be confined. the rock -- some well-known rock.”
“Before him was a noble river; he beheld the Euphrates from the very spot he had first viewed it in his pilgrimage.”
“For instance, once the current incursion provisionally ends, the Israeli army shaves off a whole mountain (or two) from the Anti-Lebanon and transplant it to the Negev Desert; or after yet another Greco-Turkish skirmish has concluded, a Greek island gets yanked off from the Aegean and placed atop a pedestal in front of Atatürk's mausoleum; or a segment of the Tigris and the Euphrates is flown off on a C-130 halfway around the world to Nebraska, where landscape architects, in the spirit of Albert Speer and Leni Riefenstahl, have prepared grand parades and mass celebrations as lavish as any organized by Kim Jong-il for the arrival and installation.”
“Thence he marched on three stages — fifteen parasangs — to the river Euphrates, which is nearly half a mile broad.”
“Hugging the Euphrates will be a little warmer, I imagine.”
“It hath most holesome and sweete waters about it: for the veines of the said waters seeme to spring and flow from the mighty riuer of Euphrates, which is but a dayes iourney from the saide city.”
“The fourth river is clept Euphrates, that is to say, well-bearing; for there grow many goods upon that river, as corns, fruits and other goods enough plenty.”
“So it is a - in better times, it could be described as a lovely, bucolic city on the Euphrates, that is now torn from the fighting.”
“Likewise also the fourth, which now through many a folk-land men call Euphrates ....”
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