ABOUKIR, a village on the Mediterranean coast of Egypt, 141m. north-east of Alexandria by rail. The meaning of the name is "Father Cyrus," who was a Coptic saint. Stretching eastward as far as the Rosetta mouth of the Nile is the spacious bay of Abou kir, where on Aug. 1, 1798, Nelson fought the battle of the Nile. Near Aboukir, on March 8, 18or, the British army, commanded by Sir R. Abercromby, landed from its transports in the face of a strenuous opposition from a French force entrenched on the beach.