Nilus doesn't mean 'river' in general, though - it's just the name of that specific river, or more likely the god of that specific river. And where his name came from is not clear to me ... the Egyptians had other explanations for the Nile and its flooding ... the Romans were the great specialists at river gods. But in Latin a river was: flumen.
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NILO - Winfred G. Elizalde Aug 10 2004, 5:52:53 PM