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Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Ili

ILI (il′ē), a river of central Asia, partly in Chinese territory, but mostly in Russian. It is formed in Chinese Kuldja by two streams, the Tekes and Kunges, rising in the Thian-shan Mountains, and flows W., falling into Lake Balkash by several mouths after a course of 800 or 900 miles, half of which is navigable.