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

  • An ancient city of northern Egypt in the Nile River delta north of modern Cairo. It was the center of worship of the sun god Ra until the rise of Thebes (c. 2100 B.C.). Its importance as a historical repository with famed schools of philosophy and astronomy declined after the founding of Alexandria in the fourth century B.C. Two of its obelisks, both known as Cleopatra's Needle, are now in London and in New York City's Central Park.
  • See Baalbek.

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  • proper n. A city in Ancient Egypt.
  • proper n. A suburb in modern Cairo, Egypt.

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Examples

  • Korba is one of the oldest districts in Heliopolis.

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  • In Egypt is the city of Heliopolis, that is to say, the city of the Sun.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • Sharia el-Misalla towards the ruins of old Heliopolis, which is all that remains of the great seat of learning, the biblical City of On. And the sky lightened way down in the east as she drove along the outer edge of the fort to the Obelisk, known to the Arab as el-Misalla.

    The Hawk of Egypt

  • These were, comparatively, limited in number, and in fact may be said to consist of the members of the great company of the gods of Heliopolis, that is to say, of the gods who belonged to the cycle of Osiris.

    Egyptian Ideas of the Future Life

  • But its flesh, putrefying, breeds a certain worm, which, being nourished by the juice of the dead bird, brings forth feathers; and when it is grown to a perfect state, it takes up the nest in which the bones of its parent lie, and carries it from Arabia into Egypt, to a city called Heliopolis:

    The Innocents Abroad

  • His son, Ra, the Sun-God, had his temple at On, near by, which the Greeks called Heliopolis, or City of the Sun.

    Ten Great Religions An Essay in Comparative Theology

  • The school we visited is in "Heliopolis," Sao Paulo's second largest favela and home to some 120,000 people.

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  • I am also interested in checking out "Heliopolis" by James Scudamore, "The Glass Room" out of print as far as I can see by Simon Mawer and "How to Paint a Dead Man" by Sarah Hall if/when they are released here in the US and I can browse through them.

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  • a certain worm, which being nourished with the juice of the dead bird brings forth feathers; and when it is grown to a perfect state, it takes up the nest in which the bones of its parent lie, and carries it from Arabia into Egypt, to a city called Heliopolis:

    Forbidden books of the original New Testament

  • 12 In November 2006 the BBC would also give a description of a favela known as Heliopolis in Sao Paulo that uncannily mirrored press descriptions of Cite Soleil.

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