geographical name
\ ˈnī(-ə)l How to pronounce Nile (audio) \

Definition of Nile

river 4160 miles (6693 kilometers) long in eastern Africa flowing from Lake Victoria in Uganda north into the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt

Note: The Nile is the longest river in Africa and by most authorities is considered the longest in the world. The section between Lake Victoria and Lake Albert is called the Vic*to*ria Nile \ vik-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​ə How to pronounce vik-ˈtȯr-ē-ə (audio)\ , the section between Lake Albert and Lake No is the Al*bert Nile \ ˈal-​bərt How to pronounce ˈal-bərt (audio)\ , and the section from Lake No to Khartoum is the White Nile .

— see blue nile

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