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Suez

[soo-ez, soo-ez] /suˈɛz, ˈsu ɛz/
noun
1.
a seaport in NE Egypt, near the S end of the Suez Canal.
2.
Gulf of, a NW arm of the Red Sea, W of the Sinai Peninsula.
3.
Isthmus of, an isthmus in NE Egypt, joining Africa and Asia. 72 miles (116 km) wide.
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Suez

/ˈsuːɪz/
noun
1.
a port in NE Egypt, at the head of the Gulf of Suez at the S end of the Suez Canal: an ancient trading site and a major naval station under the Ottoman Empire; port of departure for pilgrims to Mecca; oil-refining centre. It suffered severely in the Arab-Israeli conflicts of 1967 and 1973. Pop: 513 000 (2005 est)
2.
Isthmus of Suez, a strip of land in NE Egypt, between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea: links Africa and Asia and is crossed by the Suez Canal
3.
Gulf of Suez, the NW arm of the Red Sea: linked with the Mediterranean by the Suez Canal
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Word Origin and History for Suez

from Arabic as-suways, from Egyptian suan "beginning," in reference to the port at the head of the Red Sea. The modern Suez Canal opened in 1869.

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Encyclopedia Article for Suez

port at the head of the Gulf of Suez and at the southern terminal of the Suez Canal, northern Egypt. Together with its two harbours, Port Ibrahim and Port Tawfiq (Tewfik), and a large portion of the Eastern Desert, Suez constitutes the urban muhafazah (governorate) of As-Suways.

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