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 (ō-rän′, ô-räN′)
A city of northwest Algeria on the Gulf of Oran, an inlet of the Mediterranean Sea west-southwest of Algiers. Built on a site occupied since prehistoric times, Oran was captured by the Spanish in 1509 and by the Turks in 1708. It was occupied by the French from 1831 until 1962 except for a brief period during World War II when it was under Allied control.


(əˈræn; əˈrɑːn; French ɔrɑ̃)
(Placename) a port in NW Algeria: the second largest city in the country; scene of the destruction by the British of most of the French fleet in the harbour in 1940 to prevent its capture by the Germans. Pop: 744 000 (2005 est)


(ɔˈræn, oʊˈræn, ɔˈrɑn)

a seaport in NW Algeria. 916,578.
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Noun1.Oran - a port city in northwestern Algeria and the country's 2nd largest city
Algeria, Algerie, Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria - a republic in northwestern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea with a population that is predominantly Sunni Muslim; colonized by France in the 19th century but gained autonomy in the early 1960s
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Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, Laboratory of Applied microbiology, University of Es-Senia of Oran, BP 16, Es-Senia 31100, Oran, Algeria