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 (bäs′rə, bŭs′-)
A city of southeast Iraq on the Shatt al Arab near the Persian Gulf. A historic port, it was heavily damaged during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988), the Gulf War, and the Iraq War.


(ˈbæzrə) or




(ˈbʌsrə) or


(Placename) a port in SE Iraq, on the Shatt-al-Arab. Pop: 1 187 000 (2005 est)


(ˈbʌs rə, ˈbɑs rɑ)

also Busra

a port in SE Iraq, N of the Persian Gulf. 616,700.
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Noun1.Basra - the second largest city in Iraq; an oil port in southern Iraq
Al-Iraq, Irak, Iraq, Republic of Iraq - a republic in the Middle East in western Asia; the ancient civilization of Mesopotamia was in the area now known as Iraq
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La ville mythique du Sud, Bassorah, gronde a son tour.
Cette visite a egalement pour buts essentiels la revision de ce qui a effectivement ete realise de cet accord, l'acceleration de l'achevement des autres mesures executives et l'aplanissement de toute difficulte entravant le lancement immediat des projets communs qui sont a monter a Bassorah, Bagdad, Mossoul et les autres provinces d'Irak.
His wish to suggest the rhythm and rhymes of the Arabic produced sentences like this: "There was once of days of yore and in ages and times long gone before, a merchant, who dwelt in the land of Bassorah and who owned two sons and wealth galore" (Night 778).