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Menderes(mĕndĕrĕs`), name of several rivers in Turkey. The Büyük Menderes is the ancient 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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, ancient name of the Küçük Menderes River, c.60 mi (95 km) long, NW Turkey. It flows W and NW from the Kaz Daği through the Troas into the Mediterranean Sea. It is frequently mentioned in the Iliad.
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1. a river in SW Turkey flowing southwest, then west to the Aegean. Length: about 386 km (240 miles)
2. a river in NW Turkey flowing west and northwest to the Dardanelles. Length: 104 km (65 miles)
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