Arabic Nahr Al-'asi, river in southwestern Asia, draining a large part of the northern Levant into the Mediterranean Sea. From its source in Al-Biqa' (i.e., the Bekaa Valley) of central Lebanon, the river flows northward between the parallel ranges of the Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon mountains into Syria, where it has been dammed to form Hims Lake. Northwest of Hamah the Orontes crosses the fertile Al-Ghab, once a swampy depression, and enters Turkey, where it bends westward and empties into the sea near Samandag. Largely unnavigable for most of its 250-mile (400-kilometre) length, it is, nonetheless, an important source of irrigation water, especially between Homs and Hamah and in Al-Ghab. Major tributaries of the Orontes include the Kura Su and the Odi Meidani. Homs, Hamah, and the ancient Greek city of Antioch (Antakya) are the largest riparian settlements.
Meaning of ORONTES RIVER in English
Britannica English vocabulary. Английский словарь Британика. 2012