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

  • An ancient city of Assyria on the Tigris River opposite the site of present-day Mosul, Iraq. As capital of the Assyrian Empire, it enjoyed great influence and prosperity, especially under Sennacherib and Ashurbanipal (seventh century B.C.). The city was captured and destroyed by Babylonia and its allies in 612 B.C.

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  • proper n. The ancient capital of Assyria.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. An ancient Assyrian city.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A kind of “motion” or puppet-show, representing the story of Jonah and the whale.

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

  • n. an ancient Assyrian city on the Tigris across from the modern city of Mosul in the northern part of what is now known as Iraq


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Uncertain. Possibly it meant originally the seat of Ishtar, since Nina was one of the Babylonian names of that goddess.



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