necropolis

necropolis

[nuh-krop-uh-lis, ne-]
noun, plural necropolises.
1.
a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city.
2.
a historic or prehistoric burial ground.

Origin:
1810–20; < Greek nekrópolis burial place (literally, city of the dead). See necro-, -polis

necropolitan [nek-ruh-pol-i-tn] , adjective
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necropolis (nɛˈkrɒpəlɪs)
 
n , pl -lises, -leis
a burial site or cemetery
 
[C19: Greek, from nekros dead + polis city]

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necropolis
"large cemetery" of an ancient or modern city, 1819, from L.L., lit. "city of the dead," From Gk. necro- (see necro-) + polis "city" (see policy (1)).
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