from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • A river of northeast Africa rising in northwest Ethiopia and flowing about 805 km (500 mi) to the Nile River in eastern Sudan.


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  • For example, when an agency wanted to form a temporary dam during the dry season across the low flowing River Atbara in East Sudan, it had to obtain permission from the authorities, because interruption to the flow of water was restricted as the Atbara was a main tributary of the Nile.

    3. The Operating Environment: General Considerations 1994

  • The recovered line was relaid across the Atbara, which is barely a third of the width of the Nile.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 or the Re-Conquest of the Soudan Bennet Burleigh

  • The battle of the Atbara was the penultimate blow at the power of the Khalifa Mustapha.

    Kitchener, Organizer of Victory H., Begbie 1915

  • Nile might be, the Atbara was the parent of Egypt!

    In the Heart of Africa Samuel White Baker 1857

  • If we are not to reject entirely the authority of ancient Iriftory, the iiland of Meroe, fo famous in the firfl ages, mull be found fomewhere between the fource of the Nile and this point, where the two rivers unite; for of the Nile we are certain, and it feems very clear that the Atbara is the Afta - boras of the ancients.

    Travels to discover the source of the Nile, in the years 1768, 1769, 1770, 1771, 1772, and 1773 1790

  • The Nile basin (including Abbay or Blue Nile, Baro-Akobo, Setit-Tekeze/Atbara, and Mereb) covers 33% of the country and drains the northern and central parts westwards

    Water profile of Ethiopia 2008

  • The plateau is bounded on the south and north-east by the deep valleys of tributaries of the Tekeze River, which drains to the Atbara, and is bisected north to south by the Mayshasha River, of which it is the principal catchment.

    Simen National Park, Ethiopia 2008

  • Turning away into the desert, he hit the dried-up Atbara forty miles above its junction with the Nile.

    Three Empires on the Nile Dominic Green 2007

  • Italy threatened the Suakin-Berber road, and if took Kassala, it would also control the headwaters of the Atbara River, a major Nile tributary.

    Three Empires on the Nile Dominic Green 2007

  • In the first days of 1897, he heard that Mahmoud Ahmed and Osman Digna had massed twenty thousand Ansar south of Berber on the Atbara River.

    Three Empires on the Nile Dominic Green 2007


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