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Bosporus

[bos-per-uh s] /ˈbɒs pər əs/
noun
1.
a strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. 18 miles (29 km) long.
Also, Bosphorus
[bos-fer-uh s] /ˈbɒs fər əs/ (Show IPA)
.
Compare Dardanelles.
Related forms
Bosporan, Bosporanic
[bos-puh-ran-ik] /ˌbɒs pəˈræn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Bosporian
[bo-spawr-ee-uh n, -spohr-] /bɒˈspɔr i ən, -ˈspoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • This fact gives the reason why so many operations of this kind have been executed by way of the Bosporus.

    The Art of War Baron Henri de Jomini
  • Alexius soon found it expedient to ferry them across the Bosporus.

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
  • He must not beat her or strangle her with a bowstring or drop her into the Bosporus.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • On the other bank of the Bosporus is Scutari and other suburbs of Constantinople.

    The Innocents Abroad Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • How much more constantly, then, did his lordship's thoughts revert to the Bosporus than the Liffey!

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • All those who are subject to the princes of the Bosporus are called Bosporani.

  • He had been acknowledged by Pompeius as king of the Bosporus after the death of his father.

  • Gossip runs along the shores of the Bosporus like fire along a hayrick.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • The kingdom of Bosporus was a long narrow slip on the south-east coast of the peninsula now called the Crimea or Taurida.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  • That would advertise our acquaintance with him to all the gossips on the Bosporus.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
British Dictionary definitions for Bosporus

Bosporus

/ˈbɒspərəs/
noun
1.
the Bosporus, a strait between European and Asian Turkey, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara
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Bosporus in Culture
Bosporus [(bos-puh-ruhs)]

Strait separating the European and Asian portions of Turkey. The Bosporus is a link between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

Note: It is an important shipping route for Russia, whose northern routes are mostly blocked by ice in winter, and for other nations that border the Black Sea or use any of the many major rivers that flow into it.
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