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a combining form, meaning “city,” appearing in loanwords from Greek (metropolis), and used in the formation of placenames (Annapolis).
Origin of -polis
combining form representing Greek pólis polis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for -polis

word-forming element meaning "City," from Greek polis "city" (see polis).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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