from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- The countries bordering on the eastern Mediterranean Sea from Turkey to Egypt.
- n. A heavy, coarse-grained morocco leather often used in bookbinding. Also called Levant morocco.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The countries bordering the eastern Mediterranean Sea variously:
- proper n. An easterly wind, generally in the western Mediterranean Sea
The word "Levant" comes from the French for "rising," pointing European eyes toward the lands of the eastern Mediterranean, where the sun rises.
Unfortunately I doubt the students know who Ezra Levant is and the vice-principal probably never gave them a chance to defend their shirts.
I know you have no problem with that and the fate of a block of desert in the Levant is well worth murdering every last dissenter for whatever reason, but I think sane people in the year 2007 might think differently.
Mary Shelley's The Last Man imagines a remote future in which the Mediterranean region, Greece and the Levant, is still a site of international conflict, as it was when Shelley wrote.
"on the coast of the Adriatic Sea (as he calls the Levant), _six_ miles from one another"; at last he got away to Constantinople, with some safely smuggled trophies of pilgrimage, and some "balsam in a calabash, covered with petroleum," but the customs officers would have killed all of them if the fraud had been found out -- so Willibald believed.
Rumors that the Kurds are Indo-Europeans whereas the Arabs of the Levant are our Semitic cousins are baseless and mean.
Even before Leviathan, a series of finds had put the so-called Levant Basin, stretching offshore in the Mediterranean, on the international energy map.
While I generally agree with Arendt, her idea that a binational state in the Levant could be a homeland to Jews was daffy — why should such a state grant Jews a right of return?
The Levant will be a lot happier place if Hamas turns out to be a faster learner.
Back then, the Levant was a tribal frontier and the United States a new born industrial powerhouse.
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