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necropolis

[nuh-krop-uh-lis, ne-] /nəˈkrɒp ə lɪs, nɛ-/
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
1810-1820
1810-20; < Greek nekrópolis burial place (literally, city of the dead). See necro-, -polis
Related forms
necropolitan
[nek-ruh-pol-i-tn] /ˌnɛk rəˈpɒl ɪ tn/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for necropolises

necropolis

/nɛˈkrɒpəlɪs/
noun (pl) -lises, -leis (-ˌleɪs)
1.
a burial site or cemetery
Word Origin
C19: Greek, from nekros dead + polis city
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Word Origin and History for necropolises

necropolis

n.

"large cemetery" of an ancient or modern city, 1803, from Late Latin, literally "city of the dead," from Greek Nekropolis, a burial place near Alexandria, from nekros (see necro-) + polis "city" (see polis).

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