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[ar-uh-bee] /ˈær ə bi/
noun, Literary.
Origin of Araby
1125-75; Middle English Arabye < Old French Arabie < Latin Arabia Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Those are now steeds from Araby which seemed but rats and mice an hour or two ago.

    General Bounce G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • He wore the light flexile mail of the ancient heroes of Araby or Fez.

    Leila, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • He composed, in 1833, the words and air of "The Araby Maid," which speedily obtained a wide popularity.

  • The air is filled with odours sweet as the perfumes of Araby or Ind.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • How like airs of Araby the Blest the odors of steaming coffee!

  • Milton says, 'Sabean odors from the spicy shores of Araby the blest.'

    Asiatic Breezes Oliver Optic
  • I mounted it, and vaguely expected the odors of Araby a gain.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • It had about it odors of the East; savors of Araby the blest.

    The Believing Years Edmund Lester Pearson
  • Araby, the land of manna and milk—of black-eyed women—of horses that champ strange bits.

    A Bed of Roses W. L. George
  • But we have ample stock of rare silks and rich spices of Araby and Gondar.

    The Great Mogul Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for Araby


an archaic or poetic name for Arabia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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