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1. An ancient city of Egypt south of Cairo. Reputedly founded by Menes, the first king of united Egypt, it was the chief city of the Nile delta until the foundation of Alexandria. Its remains include an extensive necropolis.
2. A city of southwest Tennessee on the Mississippi River near the Mississippi border. Established and named (1819) by Andrew Jackson on the site of a fort built in 1797, it was an important Union base after its capture by federal troops in 1862 during the Civil War. Memphis is today a major port and a tourist center famous for its associations with blues music.
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1. (Placename) a port in SW Tennessee, on the Mississippi River: the largest city in the state; a major cotton and timber market; Memphis State University (1909). Pop: 645 978 (2003 est)
2. (Placename) a ruined city in N Egypt, the ancient centre of Lower Egypt, on the Nile: administrative and artistic centre, sacred to the worship of Ptah
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1. a port in SW Tennessee, on the Mississippi. 596,725.
2. a ruined city in N Egypt, on the Nile, S of Cairo: ancient capital of Egypt.
Mem•phi•an, adj., n.
Mem′phite, adj., n.
[allegedly suggested to Ettore Sottsass, one of the group's founders, by the Bob Dylan song “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again” in December, 1980]
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|Noun||1.||Memphis - largest city of Tennessee; located in southwestern Tennessee on bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River|
|2.||Memphis - an ancient city of Egypt on the Nile (south of Cairo)|
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