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 (gwŏd′l-kwĭv′ər, gwä′thäl-kē-vîr′)
A river of southern Spain flowing about 650 km (405 mi) west and southwest to the Gulf of Cádiz.
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(ˌɡwɑːdəlkwɪˈvɪə; Spanish ɡwaðalkiˈβir)
(Placename) the chief river of S Spain, rising in the Sierra de Segura and flowing west and southwest to the Gulf of Cádiz: navigable by ocean-going vessels to Seville. Length: 560 km (348 miles)
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(ˌgwɑd l kiˈvɪər)

a river in S Spain, flowing W to the Gulf of Cádiz. 374 mi. (602 km) long.
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References in classic literature ?
Seville: it brings to the mind girls dancing with castanets, singing in gardens by the Guadalquivir, bull-fights, orange-blossom, mantillas, mantones de Manila.
This study will focus on two rivers: the Betis, or Guadalquivir, River in Seville, and the Manzanares River, running through Madrid.
Scientists have long debated where those earthquakes originated because the two known fault zones beneath the ocean southwest of Portugal--the Guadalquivir Ridge and the Gorringe Bank faults--aren't long enough to have released the total seismic energy of that day's quakes.
Located on the Miraflores peninsula, a loop-shaped tract of land formed by the River Guadalquivir as it flows through the city, the site lies close to the medieval centre and the Mezquita, Cordoba's huge Moorish mosque.
Principal battles: the Guadalquivir (756); Roncesvalles (near Burguete) (778).