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Fertile Crescent


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

  • A region of the Middle East arching across the northern part of the Syrian Desert and extending from the Nile Valley to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The civilizations of Egypt, Phoenicia, Assyria, and Babylonia developed in this area, which was also the site of numerous migrations and invasions.

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  • proper n. A crescent-shaped strip of fertile land stretching from present-day Iraq through eastern Turkey and down the Syrian and Israeli coasts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a geographical area of fertile land in the Middle East stretching in a broad semicircle from the Nile to the Tigris and Euphrates


Coined by University of Chicago archaeologist James Henry Breasted. (Wiktionary)


  • Nothing against Detroit and Gary, but Palestinians have an agrarian history (it wasn't called the Fertile Crescent because you couldn't grow anything) and would prefer California.

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  • The Mesopotamian part of this ecoregion falls within what is referred to as the Fertile Crescent, an area of valuable agricultural land that supported some of the earliest human civilizations.

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  • Did you know that south central Iraq is in what was know as the Fertile Crescent, the land lying in between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers?

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  • Hasn't it been called the Fertile Crescent, the primordial uterus from which the human race emerged?

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  • For Diamond, the big breakthrough occurred in the so-called Fertile Crescent, an area ranging from Southeastern Turkey to Western Iran.

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  • Slide 5: Wild Ancestors of Domesticates The Fertile Crescent was the natural habitat of  Wild ancestors of domesticated plants  Wheat -- Legumes (peas and beans)  Barley  Wild ancestors of domesticated animals  Cattle -- Pigs  Sheep -- Goats

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  • We are tired, "said Mr. Hamed, who owns a shop called Fertile Crescent in Brooklyn.

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  • Society’s new address was the Middle East, specifically Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Sumeria, and Egypt—the area known as the Fertile Crescent and its outlying regions.

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  • Alexander instead followed patriarchs and kings throughout history by taking an arching route along the Fertile Crescent north beneath the mountains of Lebanon, then east across the highlands of Assyria, and finally south along the Tigris and Euphrates to Babylon.

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  • Even along the Fertile Crescent, the temperature was scorching and the cool water of the river must have been a welcome relief to the weary soldiers.

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