Pronunciation: (as'wän; Arab. äs-wän'), [key]
1. Ancient, Syene. a city in SE Egypt, on the Nile. 246,000.
2. a dam near this city, extending across the Nile. 6400 ft. (1950 m) long. Also,As•wân',Assuan,Assouan.
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