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A narrow strait separating European and Asian Turkey and joining the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. It has been an important trade route since ancient times.


(ˈbɒspərəs) or


(Placename) the Bosporus a strait between European and Asian Turkey, linking the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara


(ˈbɒs pər əs)

also Bos•pho•rus


a strait connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. 18 mi. (29 km) long.
Bos′po•ran, Bos•po•ran•ic (ˌbɒs pəˈræn ɪk) Bos•po•ri•an (bɒˈspɔr i ən, -ˈspoʊr-) adj.
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Noun1.Bosporus - a strait connecting the Mediterranean and the Black SeaBosporus - a strait connecting the Mediterranean and the Black Sea; separates the European and Asian parts of Turkey; an important shipping route
Republic of Turkey, Turkey - a Eurasian republic in Asia Minor and the Balkans; on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Young Turks, led by Kemal Ataturk, established a republic in 1923


n the Bosporusder Bosporus
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Sitting astride the Bosporus Straits that connect the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, the country is situated in several overlapping regions: East Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, Caucasus, Central Asian, Black Sea and West Asia.
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ISTANBUL, Jan 1 (KUNA) -- The Turkish police on Thursday arrested a man who attacked the guards of the historical Dolmabahce Palace, located on the European coastline of the Bosporus Straits.
Abe offered Turkey an additional AN43 billion in loans for the construction of a subway line under the Bosporus Straits.
0 million tonnes per year, was originally conceived in the early 1990's as an easy and economical way to bypass the congested Bosporus straits.
Other highlights include the sail from Venice, the cruise through the Dardanelles and the Bosporus Straits.