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An island of southeast Greece in the Aegean Sea off southwest Turkey. It is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands and was colonized by Dorians from Argos before 1000 bc and strongly influenced by the Minoan culture of Crete. The harbor of the ancient city of Rhodes, on the northeast end of the island, was the site of the Colossus of Rhodes, a bronze statue erected 292-280 bc that was one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
nAncient Greek name: Rhodos Modern Greek name: Ródhos
1. (Placename) a Greek island in the SE Aegean Sea, about 16 km (10 miles) off the Turkish coast: the largest of the Dodecanese and the most easterly island in the Aegean. Capital: Rhodes. Pop (municipality): 55 086 (2001). Area: 1400 sq km (540 sq miles)
2. (Placename) a port on this island, in the NE: founded in 408 bc; of great commercial and political importance in the 3rd century bc; suffered several earthquakes, notably in 225, when the Colossus was destroyed. Pop: 41 000 (latest est)
(Biography) Cecil John. 1853–1902, British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa. He made a fortune in diamond and gold mining and, as prime minister of the Cape Colony (1890–96), he helped to extend British territory. He established the annual Rhodes scholarships to Oxford. See Rhodes scholarship
1. Cecil John, 1853–1902, English capitalist and administrator in S Africa.
2. Greek, Rhodos.
a. a Greek island in the SE Aegean, off the SW coast of Turkey: largest Dodecanese Island. 66,606; 542 sq. mi. (1404 sq. km).
b. a seaport on Rhodes. 32,019.
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|Noun||1.||Rhodes - British colonial financier and statesman in South Africa; made a fortune in gold and diamond mining; helped colonize the territory now known as Zimbabwe; he endowed annual fellowships for British Commonwealth and United States students to study at Oxford University (1853-1902)|
|2.||Rhodes - a Greek island in the southeast Aegean Sea 10 miles off the Turkish coast; the largest of the Dodecanese; it was colonized before 1000 BC by Dorians from Argos; site of the Colossus of Rhodes|
Ellas, Greece, Hellenic Republic - a republic in southeastern Europe on the southern part of the Balkan peninsula; known for grapes and olives and olive oil