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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).
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.)
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.