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

  • A city of southeast Turkey near the Syrian border. Founded as Edessa in ancient times, it was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1637 and renamed Urfa. It is a trade center in a rich agricultural region. Population: 385,000.


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  • I placed the man in Urfa because I had read a memoir based there.

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  • I discovered that Urfa was the birthplace of Abraham, so I began to reread Old Testament stories.

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  • There is a legend involving the Image of Edessa, named after the ancient Turkish city of Edessa, which is modern-day Urfa.

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  • In 1995, he bought a traditional Ottoman house with a courtyard in Urfa, a city of nearly a half-million people, to use as a base of operations.

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  • "Guten Morgen," he says at 5:20 a.m. when his van picks me up at my hotel in Urfa.

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  • Six miles from Urfa, an ancient city in southeastern Turkey, Klaus Schmidt has made one of the most startling archaeological discoveries of our time: massive carved stones about 11,000 years old, crafted and arranged by prehistoric people who had not yet developed metal tools or even pottery.

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  • There is a captive population in Urfa-Ceylanpınar.

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  • Ground Urfa or other mild chilies to taste optional

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  • Director of a dig at Korpiktepe, on the Tigris River about 120 miles east of Urfa, Vecihi Ozkaya doubts the thousands of stone pots he has found since 2001 in hundreds of 11,500 year-old graves quite qualify as that.

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  • Although my first two efforts resulted in some pretty tasty brownies, Banana for round 1 and Rhubarb Urfa-Biber for 2 it was time to stick it to the competition with a pair of brownies from Dorie.

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