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An ancient name for the Menderes River of western Turkey.


(miːˈændə) or


(Placename) ancient name of the river Menderes1


(ˌmɛn dɛˈrɛs)

1. Ancient, Maeander , Meander.a river in W Asia Minor, flowing into the Aegean. 240 mi. (385 km) long.
2. Ancient, Scamander .a river in NW Asia Minor, flowing into the Dardanelles. 60 mi. (97 km) long.
References in classic literature ?
These held Miletus and the wooded mountain of Phthires, with the water of the river Maeander and the lofty crests of Mt.
the god of the winding Maeander River in Phrygia (currently the Buyuk Menderes River in Turkey), son of Oceanus and his sister Tethys, and origin of the English word "meander", a winding, crooked, or involved course, in allusion to the zigzag pattern of grey to blue lines on the body; treated as a noun in apposition.
Indeed, the etymological origin of the English word "meander", the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (2007) informs us, may be traced through the French meandre which is derived from the Latin maeander and the Greek maiandros, the respective languages' names for a winding river in Phrygia (now part of modern Turkey).