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Jor·​dan | \ ˈjȯr-dᵊn \

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David Starr 1851–1931 American biologist and educator


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Michael (Jeffrey) 1963–     American basketball player


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Jor·​dan | \ ˈjȯr-dᵊn \

Definition of Jordan (Entry 3 of 3)

1 river in central Utah flowing from Utah Lake north into the Great Salt Lake
2 river about 200 miles (about 320 kilometers) long in southwestern Asia

Note: The Jordan originates in the Anti-Lebanon Mountains near the border between Lebanon and Syria, flows southward, and empties into the Dead Sea. It passes en route through the Sea of Galilee and forms part of the borders of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and the West Bank.

3 or formerly Transjordan \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˈjȯr-​dᵊn , (ˌ)tranz-​ \ country in southwestern Asia that is located largely within the Syrian Desert and borders on Saudi Arabia, Israel, Syria, and Iraq; capital Amman area 34,575 square miles (89,549 square kilometers), population 6,350,000

Note: Jordan's western border is formed mainly by the Jordan River and the Dead Sea but has a small coastline on the Gulf of Aqaba at its southern end.

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Jordanian \ jȯr-​ˈdā-​nē-​ən \ adjective or noun

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