Essex

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Essex1 (ˈɛsɪks)
 
n
1.  a county of SE England, on the North Sea and the Thames estuary; the geographical and ceremonial county includes Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea, which became independent unitary authorities in 1998. Administrative centre: Chelmsford. Pop (excluding unitary authorities): 1 324 100 (2003 est). Area (excluding unitary authorities): 3446 sq km (1310 sq miles)
2.  an Anglo-Saxon kingdom that in the early 7th century ad comprised the modern county of Essex and much of Hertfordshire and Surrey. By the late 8th century, Essex had become a dependency of the kingdom of Mercia

Essex2 (ˈɛsɪks)
 
n
2nd Earl of, title of Robert Devereux. ?1566--1601, English soldier and favourite of Queen Elizabeth I; executed for treason

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