megalopolis

[meg-uh-lop-uh-lis]
noun
1.
a very large city.
2.
an urban region, especially one consisting of several large cities and suburbs that adjoin each other.
Also, megapolis.


Origin:
1825–35; megalo- + polis

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megalopolis (ˌmɛɡəˈlɒpəlɪs)
 
n
an urban complex, usually comprising several large towns
 
[C20: megalo- + Greek polis city]
 
megalopolitan
 
adj, —n

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megalopolis
1832, from Gk. megas (gen. megalou) "great" (see mickle) + polis "city" (see policy (1)). The word was used in classical times of Athens, Syracuse, and Alexandria.
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megalopolis [(meg-uh-lop-uh-lis)]

A vast stretch of developed industrial urban area, such as the East Coast of the United States from Boston to Washington, D.C., or the Ruhr Valley in Germany. Megalopolis is from Greek words meaning “great city.”

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Example sentences
After coursing through traffic for nearly an hour, you arrive at the edge of
  the megalopolis.
It has created the global village, but it has the anonymity of the megalopolis.
When two or more metropolitan areas grow until they combine, the result may be
  known as a megalopolis.
Now a fight for control of the heart of this megalopolis is about to erupt.
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