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Hamburg

[ham-burg; for 1, 2 also German hahm-boo rk] /ˈhæm bɜrg; for 1, 2 also German ˈhɑm bʊərk/
noun
1.
a state in N Germany. 288 sq. mi. (746 sq. km).
2.
a city in and the capital of this state, on the Elbe River: the largest seaport in continental Europe.
3.
a town in W New York.
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Hamburg

/ˈhæmbɜːɡ/
noun
1.
a city-state and port in NW Germany, on the River Elbe: the largest port in Germany; a founder member of the Hanseatic League; became a free imperial city in 1510 and a state of the German empire in 1871; university (1919); extensive shipyards. Pop: 1 734 083 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for ham burg

Hamburg

German city, the -burg is German Burg "fort," in reference to the moated castle built there c.825; the first element is perhaps Old High German hamma "ham, back of the knee" in a transferred sense of "bend, angle," with reference to its position on a river bend promontory, or Middle High German hamme "enclosed area of pastureland."

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Hamburg [(ham-burg, hahm-boorg)]

City in northern Germany on the Elbe River, near where it meets the North Sea.

Note: Hamburg is Germany's most important industrial center. It was one of the most heavily bombed German cities during World War II.
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