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  1. Fertile Crescentnoun

    a geographical area of fertile land in the Middle East stretching in a broad semicircle from the Nile to the Tigris and Euphrates


  1. Fertile Crescentnoun

    (Ancient History) A crescent-shaped strip of fertile land stretching from present-day Iraq through eastern Turkey and down the Syrian and Israeli coasts.

  2. Etymology: Coined by University of Chicago archaeologist James Henry Breasted.


  1. Fertile Crescent

    The Fertile Crescent (Arabic: الهلال الخصيب) is a crescent-shaped region in the Middle East, spanning modern-day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine and Jordan, together with the northern region of Kuwait, southeastern region of Turkey and the western portion of Iran. Some authors also include Cyprus and Northern Egypt. The Fertile Crescent is believed to be the very first region where settled farming emerged as people started the process of clearance and modification of natural vegetation to grow newly domesticated plants as crops. Early human civilizations such as Sumer in Mesopotamia flourished as a result. Technological advances in the region include the development of agriculture and the use of irrigation, of writing, the wheel, and glass, most emerging first in Mesopotamia.


  1. fertile crescent

    The Fertile Crescent is a historical region in the Middle East stretching from the Nile River in Egypt to the Tigris and Euphrates rivers in modern Iraq and including parts of modern Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. It is characterized by its rich, fertile soil and known as the birthplace of some of the world's first civilizations, including the Sumerians, Akkadians, Assyrians, and Babylonians. The term was coined in the early 20th century due to the area's crescent-like shape. This region is also often referred to as the "Cradle of Civilization".


  1. Fertile Crescent

    The Fertile Crescent is a crescent-shaped region containing the comparatively moist and fertile land of otherwise arid and semi-arid Western Asia, and the Nile Valley and Nile Delta of northeast Africa. The term was first used by University of Chicago archaeologist James Henry Breasted. Having originated in the study of ancient history, the concept soon developed and today retains meanings in international geopolitics and diplomatic relations. In current usage the Fertile Crescent has a minimum extent and a maximum extent. All definitions include Mesopotamia, the land in and around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. The major nation in this region is Iraq, with small portions of Iran near the Persian Gulf, Kuwait to the south and Turkey in the north. More typically the Fertile Crescent includes also the Levantine coast of the Mediterranean Sea, with Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon and the State of Palestine. Water sources include the Jordan River. At maximum extent, the Fertile Crescent also may include Egypt and the Nile Valley and Delta within it. The inner boundary is delimited by the dry climate of the Syrian Desert to the south. Around the outer boundary are the arid and semi-arid lands of the Caucasus to the North, the Anatolian highlands to the west, and the Sahara Desert to the west.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fertile crescent in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fertile crescent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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