from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- The capital of Sudan, in the east-central part of the country at the confluence of the Blue Nile and the White Nile. Founded c. 1821 as an Egyptian army camp, it was destroyed by Mahdists in 1885. Lord Kitchener retook the city in 1898 and oversaw its rebuilding. Population: 1,970,000.
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- proper n. Capital of the Sudan.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the capital of Sudan located at the confluence of the Blue Nile and White Nile
Possibly from Arabic خرطوم (khartú:m, "elephant trunk"), but more likely from Arabic قرطم (qurTum, "safflower"). (Wiktionary)