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An ancient city of Mesopotamia in the Euphrates River valley of present-day central Iraq. Its extensive ruins have yielded valuable archaeological evidence about Sumerian culture.
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(Metallurgy) metallurgy graphite formed on the surface of molten iron that contains a large amount of carbon
[C19: perhaps changed from German Kies gravel; related to Old High German kisil pebble]
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an ancient Sumerian and Akkadian city: its site is 8 mi. (13 km) east of the site of Babylon in S Iraq.
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