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Niles

[nahylz] /naɪlz/
noun
1.
a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago.
2.
a city in NE Ohio.
3.
a city in SW Michigan.
4.
a male given name, form of Neil.

Nile

[nahyl] /naɪl/
noun
1.
a river in E Africa, the longest in the world, flowing N from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean. 3473 miles (5592 km) long; from the headwaters of the Kagera River, 4000 miles (6440 km) long.
Compare Blue Nile, White Nile.
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British Dictionary definitions for Niles

Nile

/naɪl/
noun
1.
a river in Africa, rising in S central Burundi in its remotest headstream, the Luvironza: flows into Lake Victoria and leaves the lake as the Victoria Nile, flowing to Lake Albert, which is drained by the Albert Nile, becoming the White Nile at Lake No, then flowing through South Sudan; joined by its chief tributary, the Blue Nile (which rises near Lake Tana, Ethiopia) at Khartoum, and flows north to its delta on the Mediterranean; the longest river in the world. Length: (from the source of the Luvironza to the Mediterranean) 6741 km (4187 miles)
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Word Origin and History for Niles

Nile

one of the world's oldest surviving place names, from a Semitic root nahal "river." Unnamed in Old Testament, it is always merely "the river" (Hebrew yeor).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Niles in the Bible

dark; blue, not found in Scripture, but frequently referred to in the Old Testament under the name of Sihor, i.e., "the black stream" (Isa. 23:3; Jer. 2:18) or simply "the river" (Gen. 41:1; Ex. 1:22, etc.) and the "flood of Egypt" (Amos 8:8). It consists of two rivers, the White Nile, which takes its rise in the Victoria Nyanza, and the Blue Nile, which rises in the Abyssinian Mountains. These unite at the town of Khartoum, whence it pursues its course for 1,800 miles, and falls into the Mediterranean through its two branches, into which it is divided a few miles north of Cairo, the Rosetta and the Damietta branch. (See EGYPT.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for Niles

city, Berrien county, southwestern Michigan, U.S. It lies along the St. Joseph River 10 miles (16 km) north of South Bend, Ind. It is the only locality in the state to have been under the control of France, Great Britain, Spain, and the United States. The site became a stagecoach stop on the Sauk Trail between Chicago and Detroit and was permanently settled in 1828 and named for publisher Hezekiah Niles. It developed as a centre for the farm produce of the St. Joseph River valley; manufactures include paper products, industrial and assembly-line equipment, wire, and commercial refrigerators. Writer Ring Lardner and automobile manufacturers Horace E. and John F. Dodge were Niles natives. Inc. village, 1835; city, 1859. Pop. (2000) city, 12,204; Niles-Benton Harbor MSA, 162,453; (2005 est.) city, 11,738; Niles-Benton Harbor MSA, 162,611.

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