Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A river of central Europe rising in the Carpathian Mountains in the western Ukraine and flowing about 995 km (620 mi) generally southward across eastern Hungary and northern Serbia to the Danube River.

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  • proper n. a river in Central Europe, mainly flowing through Hungary and Serbia

Etymologies

From Hungarian Tisza. Known in Latin as Pathissus, perhaps from Thracian-Dacian *patis (“water”); compare Sanskrit पाथस् (pāthas, "water"). The word may have been analyzed by the Slavic tribes as composed of Proto-Slavic *po (“by, at”) + *tisъ (“yew”) (compare Russian тис). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The most distinctive landmark to the north of the Tisza was a bauxite minehead two miles east of a co-operative farm with maize silos, and I turned my head to the left again and looked down.

    The Sinkiang Executive

  • It released 100,000 cubic metres of waste water, heavily contaminated with cyanide, into tributaries of the Tisza river, which flows through Hungary.

    Hungary toxic sludge spill an 'ecological catastrophe' says government

  • Peter Kohalmi/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images Long-tailed mayflies danced around each on the surface of the Tisza river near Tiszafured, about 90 miles east of Budapest.

    Emerging Europe: The Week in Photos

  • The larvae live under water for three years, and then millions of these short-lived mayflies engage in a frantic rush to mate and reproduce before they perish in just a few hours during 'Tiszaviragzas' or Tisza blooming season from late spring to early summer.

    Emerging Europe: The Week in Photos

  • In eastern Hungary in June, I walk along the banks of the river Tisza.

    A Year on the Wing

  • But in the year 2000, the cyanide lake broke, and wound its way into the valley and the river Tisza and the Danube, rendering the valley sterile and dangerous and the fish poisoned.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Attila was supposed to be buried in three coffins somewhere in the river Tisza and the stream was supposed to have been dammed for the funeral, to be undammed afterwards.

    A case for the European Human Rights industry?

  • The Hungarians, or Magyars, organized in a number of tribes, occupied the valley of the middle Danube and Theiss (Tisza).

    e. Hungary

  • Tisza was won over to a policy of warlike action, on condition that no Serbian territory should be annexed by Austria.

    1914, June 15

  • The magnates, in reply, attempted to set up a rival ruler, and Bela in turn allowed some 40,000 families of Cumans, who were driven westward by the Mongol invasions, to settle in the Theiss (Tisza) region in the hope of securing support against the magnates.

    1204-5

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