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  • A river, about 402 km (250 mi) long, flowing through Lebanon, Syria, and southern Turkey to the Mediterranean Sea. It is used extensively for irrigation.

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  • proper n. the name of any one of a number of ancient Armenian kings
  • proper n. a river in Syria


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From Latin Orontēs, from Ancient Greek Ὀρόντης.


  • On the medals of Antioch on the Orontes was the ram and crescent; and the Ram was the special Deity of Syria, assigned to it in the division of the earth among the twelve signs.

    Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry

  • One exciting project currently in the works is cooperation between Turkey and Syria for the building of a dam on the Asi River (also known as the Orontes), which originates in Syria and has an annual water flow of 2.5 billion cubic meters.


  • As if 'Orontes' were the same with 'Orientalis,' 'the

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • I was dispatched, accordingly, in the troopship "Orontes," and landed a month later on Portsmouth jetty, with my health irretrievably ruined, but with permission from a paternal government to spend the next nine months in attempting to improve it.

    A Study in Scarlet

  • It is strange that R. Benjamin should call the Orontes the river Jabbok, but he always takes care to add that it rises in the Lebanon, to avoid any misconception that the Jabbok which falls into the Jordan is meant.] [Footnote 55: Boemond III, surnamed le Baube (the

    The Itinerary of Benjamin of Tudela

  • If (and that is still a big if) Watson could have gotten from the battleground to Bombay by October 31, 1880, then he could have sailed on the Orontes, as he says, but that wouldn't have gotten him to Portsmouth until the end of November.

    A three pipe problem

  • He passed the ancient Greek trading colony at al-Mina near the mouth of the Orontes River, then traveled along the narrow plain between the sea and mountains until he arrived at the Phoenician town of Marathus.

    Alexander the Great

  • It was near the Orontes River, just north of the future site of Antioch, and was the perfect location for war from the Persian point of view—open grasslands where the Great King could use his superior numbers, matchless cavalry, and terrifying battle chariots to his greatest advantage.

    Alexander the Great

  • "Scattered Evidence: Excavating Antioch-on-the-Orontes" Excavations during the 1930s brought to light the ancient city of Antioch (modern Antakya, Turkey).

    A sampling from area museum exhibits

  • Syrian opposition activists pointed to a video said to show people dragging bloodied corpses of security and intelligence officers—which those people reportedly killed—into the Orontes River in Hama as signs of what one activist described as "the insanity the regime has pushed us to."

    Syria Opposition Meets With Clinton


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