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[gan-jeez] /ˈgæn dʒiz/
a river flowing SE from the Himalayas in N India into the Bay of Bengal: sacred to Hindus. 1550 miles (2495 km) long.
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[gan-jet-ik] /gænˈdʒɛt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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  • "Holy men" of the church are not cremated; they are either buried or, like the children, cast into the ganges river.

  • "I must throw them into the ganges river," repeated the girl.

    In Kali's Country Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets
  • The view of Benares from the ganges river is an unusually fine one.

  • But if the ganges river is here, surely this place will do as well as Benares.

    In Kali's Country Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets
  • "Take me to the ganges river quickly," she demanded, "for I must throw these into the sacred river," and she held out her bundle.

    In Kali's Country Emily Churchill Thompson Sheets
  • His first wife was the goddess Ganga of the ganges river, and she was divinely beautiful like to her kind.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • Benares is the Hindus' sacred city, and the sacred ganges river is lined with temples and bathing and burning ghats.

    A Yankee in the Far East George Hoyt Allen
British Dictionary definitions for ganges river


the great river of N India and central Bangladesh: rises in two headstreams in the Himalayas and flows southeast to Allahabad, where it is joined by the Jumna; continues southeast into Bangladesh, where it enters the Bay of Bengal in a great delta; the most sacred river to Hindus, with many places of pilgrimage, esp Varanasi. Length: 2507 km (1557 miles) Hindi name Ganga (ˈɡʌŋɡə; ˈɡɑːŋ-)
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Word Origin and History for ganges river


from Sanskrit ganga "current, river."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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ganges river in Culture
Ganges River [(gan-jeez)]

River in India rising in the Himalayas and flowing generally east to the Bay of Bengal.

Note: It is the most sacred river of Hindu India (see Hinduism).
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