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a combining form meaning “saint,” “holy,” used in the formation of compound words:
hagiography; hagiocracy.
Also, especially before a vowel, hagi-.
< Greek, combining form of hágios holy, sacred Unabridged
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combining form
indicating a saint, saints, or holiness: hagiography
Word Origin
via Late Latin from Greek, from hagios holy
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city, Yamaguchi ken (prefecture), Honshu, Japan, on the delta of the Abu River, facing the Sea of Japan. Hagi was founded as a castle town in 1600 and prospered as the capital of both Suo and Nagato provinces (now Yamaguchi prefecture). Economic growth since the Meiji Restoration (1868) has been slow. The manufacture of pottery and bamboo work remains important. Hagi is well known for its historic sites, including the Sho Temple and the ruins of Hagi Castle. Pop. (2005) 57,990.

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