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Glastonbury

[glas-tuh n-ber-ee; for 1 also glas-tuh n-buh-ree; for 2 also glas-uh n-ber-ee] /ˈglæs tənˌbɛr i; for 1 also ˈglæs tən bə ri; for 2 also ˈglæs ənˌbɛr i/
noun
1.
a borough of SW England, in whose vicinity the ruins of an important Iron Age lake village have been found and to which in folklore both King Arthur and Joseph of Arimathaea have been linked, the latter as the founder of the abbey there.
2.
a town in N Connecticut.
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British Dictionary definitions for Glastonbury

Glastonbury

/ˈɡlæstənbərɪ; -brɪ/
noun
1.
a town in SW England, in Somerset: remains of prehistoric lake villages; the reputed burial place of King Arthur; site of a ruined Benedictine abbey, probably the oldest in England. Pop: 8429 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for Glastonbury

town in Somersetshire, famous as a prehistoric site, Old English Glestingabyrig, Glastingburi (725), "Stronghold (Old English byrig, dative of burh) of the people (Old English -inga-) living at Glaston," a Celtic name, possibly meaning "woad place."

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Encyclopedia Article for Glastonbury

town ("parish"), Mendip district, administrative and historic county of Somerset, England. It is situated on the slopes of a group of hills that rise from the Brue Valley to a tor (peak) of 522 feet (159 metres).

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