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[keym-brij]

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1.  Medieval Latin name: Cantabrigia a city in E England, administrative centre of Cambridgeshire, on the River Cam: centred around the university, founded in the 12th century: electronics, biotechnology. Pop: 117 717 (2001)
2.  short for Cambridgeshire
3.  a city in the US, in E Massachusetts: educational centre, with Harvard University (1636) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Pop: 101 587 (2003 est)
 
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O.E. Grontabricc (c.745) "Bridge on the River Granta" (a Celtic river name, of obscure origin). The change to Cante- and later Cam- was due to Norman influence. The river name Cam is a back formation in this case, but Cam also was a legitimate Celtic river name, meaning "crooked."
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City in Massachusetts, near Boston.

Note: Location of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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