Abu Qir or Abukir (both: ăˌbōkērˈ, əbōˈkər) [key], village, N Egypt, on a promontory in the Nile River delta. Admiral Horatio Nelson's victory over the French fleet off Abu Qir on Aug. 1–2, 1798 (sometimes called the battle of the Nile), restored British prestige in the Mediterranean region and, with the land victory (1801) led by Sir Ralph Abercromby, cut short the French venture in the Middle East begun by Napoleon I.
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