Büyük Menderes,river, Turkey: see MaeanderMaeander
, ancient name of the Büyük Menderes River, c.250 mi (400 km) long, W Turkey. It rises in three branches W of Afyonkarahisar and flows generally W into the Aegean Sea. Its valley is extremely fertile. Its winding and wandering course gave rise to the word meander.
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(known in antiquity as the Meander), a river in western Turkey. Length, 380 km. It rises on the Anatolian Plateau and flows into the Aegean Sea, forming a delta. In its lower course the riverbed is very twisting—which explains why its ancient name, “Meander,” came to denote the twisting course of rivers.