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

  • A desert region and ancient kingdom in the Nile River valley of southern Egypt and northern Sudan. After the 20th century B.C. it was controlled by the rulers of Egypt, although in the 8th and 7th centuries an independent kingdom arose that conquered Egypt and ruled as the XXV Dynasty (712-663). Converted to Christianity in the 6th century A.D., Nubia united with Ethiopia but fell to the Muslims in the 14th century. Much of the region was flooded by the completion of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s.

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  • proper n. An ancient kingdom in the valley of the upper Nile bordering present Egypt and Sudan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A light fabric of wool, worn on the head by women; a cloud.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wrap of soft fleecy material worn about the head and neck; a cloud.

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

  • n. an ancient region of northeastern Africa (southern Egypt and northern Sudan) on the Nile; much of Nubia is now under Lake Nasser


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  • Felis maniculata originated in Nubia; and we know from the mummy pits and Herodotus that it was the same species as ours.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Burckhardt (Travels in Nubia p. 5) records the local legend that a mighty King called Al – Wujud built the Osirian temples.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Nubia is a slave, stolen from her home and family.

    The Roman Mysteries

  • Nubian from the word Nubia a area the anciently consisted of Egypt and Sudan before the aRabs invaded.

    MMOG Nation » What’s a Nubian?

  • I have myself picked up terra-cotta lamps stamped with early Christian emblems on the mounds of Memphis, inscribed potsherds in Nubia, scraps of beautiful blue-glazed ware at Denderah, mummy-bandages in the tombs of Thebes, and fragments of exquisite alabaster cups and bowls in the shadow of the Great Sphinx at Ghizeh.

    Pharaohs, Fellahs and Explorers

  • For in Nubia food is scarce, and prices are high, and there are no public ovens.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • Little boys in Nubia yet wear the side-lock that graced the head of Rameses in his youth; and little girls may be seen in a garment closely resembling the girdle worn by young princesses of the time of Thothmes the First.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • The Nile mud is strongly impregnated with it; and in Nubia we used to find it lying in thick talc-like flakes upon the surface of rocks far above the present level of the inundation.

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • Happy the European traveller who, while his lines are cast in Nubia, can train his degenerate nose to delight in the aroma of castor-oil!

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile

  • Yet even in Nubia, and especially along the forty miles which divide

    A Thousand Miles Up the Nile


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