Basel

Basel

[bah-zuhl]
Also, Basle.
French Bâle.
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Basel-Stadt

[bah-zuhl-shtaht]
noun
a demicanton in N Switzerland: virtually coextensive with the city of Basel. 14 sq. mi. (36 sq. km). Capital: Basel.
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Basel (ˈbɑːzəl)
 
n
a variant spelling of Basle

Basle or Basel (bɑːl, ˈbɑːzəl)
 
n
1.  a canton of NW Switzerland, divided into the demicantons of Basle-Landschaft and Basle-Stadt. Pops.: 263 200 and 186 900 (2002 est). Areas: 427 sq km (165 sq miles) and 36 sq km (14 sq miles) respectively
2.  a city in NW Switzerland, capital of Basle canton, on the Rhine: oldest university in Switzerland. Pop: 165 000 (2002 est)
 
Basel or Basel
 
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Basel
city in n.w. Switzerland, founded 44 C.E. as Robur (from L. roburetum "oak grove"); renamed 374 as Basilia (from Gk. basilea "royal") when it became the "royal" fortress of Valentinian I.
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