Definitions for aral seaˈær əl; ʌˈrɑl skə yə ˈmɔ ryə
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Ar′al Sea′ˈær əl; ʌˈrɑl skə yə ˈmɔ ryə(n.)
Category: Geography (places)
Lake Aral, Aral Sea(noun)
a lake to the east of the Caspian Sea lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan
A saline lake straddling the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan border, that was once large, but that has shrunk to a quarter of its original size after the Amu Darya and Syr Darya rivers, which previously flowed into it, were diverted for irrigation purposes during the Soviet era.
Origin: From арал, referring to the more than 1,500 islands that once dotted its waters.