from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An inland waterway, about 1,609 km (1,000 mi) long, of eastern China extending from Tianjin in the north to Hangzhou in the south. Begun in the sixth to fifth century B.C., it was extended in the seventh century A.D. and completed in the 13th century.
  • The principal waterway of Venice, Italy. Crossed by the Rialto and other bridges, the canal is lined with impressive buildings.


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