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

  • A city of west-central Syria north of Damascus. Birthplace of the Roman emperor Heliogabalus, it was taken by the Arabs in 636. Egypt controlled the city from 1831 to 1840. Population: 736,000.

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  • proper n. a city in Syria


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