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Arcadia

[ahr-key-dee-uh] /ɑrˈkeɪ di ə/
noun
1.
a mountainous region of ancient Greece, traditionally known for the contented pastoral innocence of its people.
2.
any real or imaginary place offering peace and simplicity.
3.
a city in SW California, E of Los Angeles.
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British Dictionary definitions for Arcadia

Arcadia

/ɑːˈkeɪdɪə/
noun
1.
a department of Greece, in the central Peloponnese. Capital: Tripolis. Pop: 91 326 (2001). Area: 4367 sq km (1686 sq miles)
2.
Also called (poetic) Arcady (ˈɑːkədɪ). the traditional idealized rural setting of Greek and Roman bucolic poetry and later in the literature of the Renaissance
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Word Origin and History for Arcadia

see Arcadian.

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Encyclopedia Article for Arcadia

arcadia

any of the 18th-century Portuguese literary societies that attempted to revive poetry in that country by urging a return to classicism. They were modeled after the Academy of Arcadia, which had been established in Rome in 1690 as an arbiter of Italian literary taste

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