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[meg-uh-lop-uh-lis] /ˌmɛg əˈlɒp ə lɪs/
a very large city.
an urban region, especially one consisting of several large cities and suburbs that adjoin each other.
Also, megapolis.
Origin of megalopolis
1825-35; megalo- + polis Unabridged
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  • After coursing through traffic for nearly an hour, you arrive at the edge of the megalopolis.
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  • 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.
  • The area is already something of an urban megalopolis.
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  • The mountains surrounding the megalopolis are back, both in view and on travel itineraries.
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British Dictionary definitions for megalopolis


an urban complex, usually comprising several large towns
Derived Forms
megalopolitan (ˌmɛɡələˈpɒlɪtən) adjective, noun
Word Origin
C20: megalo- + Greek polis city
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Word Origin and History for megalopolis

1832, from comb. form of Greek megas (genitive megalou) "great" (see mickle) + polis "city" (see polis). The word was used in classical times as an epithet of great cities (Athens, Syracuse, Alexandria), and it also was the name of a former city in Arcadia.

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megalopolis in Culture
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.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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