Pronunciation: (bä'zul), [key]
1. a city in and the capital of Basel-Stadt, in NW Switzerland, on the Rhine River. 192,800.
2. a canton in N Switzerland, divided into two independent areas. Also,Basle.French, Bâle. Cf. Basel-Land, Basel-Stadt.
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