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Levant

(ləvănt`) [Ital.,=east], collective name for the countries of the eastern shore of the Mediterranean from Egypt to, and including, Turkey. The divisions of the French mandate over Syria and Lebanon were called the Levant States, and the term is still sometimes applied to those two nations.
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Levant

the. a former name for the area of the E Mediterranean now occupied by Lebanon, Syria, and Israel
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