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conurbation

[kon-er-bey-shuh n] /ˌkɒn ərˈbeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
an extensive urban area resulting from the expansion of several cities or towns so that they coalesce but usually retain their separate identities.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; con- + Latin urb- (stem of urbs) city + -ation
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conurbation

/ˌkɒnɜːˈbeɪʃən/
noun
1.
a large densely populated urban sprawl formed by the growth and coalescence of individual towns or cities
Word Origin
C20: from con- + -urbation, from Latin urbs city; see urban
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Word Origin and History for conurbation
n.

1915, from Latin com- "with, together" (see com-) + urbs "city" + -ation. Coined by Scottish biologist and urban planner Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) in "Cities in Evolution."

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