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[nawr-fuh k; for 2, 3 also nawr-fawk] /ˈnɔr fək; for 2, 3 also ˈnɔr fɔk/
a county in E England. 2068 sq. mi. (5355 sq. km).
a seaport in SE Virginia: naval base.
a city in NE Nebraska. Unabridged
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  • Hereford and Norfolk abandoned active in favour of passive hostility.

  • Norfolk was now being evacuated and we were covering Huger's retreat.

    The Monitor and the Merrimac J. L. Worden et al.
  • If you'll inquire, you'll find there isn't a fellow in Norfolk pays his way better than I do, or is better able to do it.

    Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope
  • The vices of the Norfolk Island prisoners had appalled the empire.

  • A wherry was being pushed up the stream by its two stalwart boatmen, by the process known in Norfolk as quanting.

    The Swan and Her Crew George Christopher Davies
British Dictionary definitions for Norfolk


a county of E England, on the North Sea and the Wash: low-lying, with large areas of fens in the west and the Broads in the east; rich agriculturally. Administrative centre: Norwich. Pop: 810 700 (2003 est). Area: 5368 sq km (2072 sq miles)
a port in SE Virginia, on the Elizabeth River and Hampton Roads: headquarters of the US Atlantic fleet; shipbuilding. Pop: 241 727 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for Norfolk

Nordfolc (1066) "(Territory of the) Northern People (of the East Angles)." The Norfolk pine (1778), used as an ornamental tree, is from Norfolk Island in the South Pacific, northwest of New Zealand.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Norfolk in Culture
Norfolk [(nawr-fuhk, nawr-fawk)]

City in southeastern Virginia.

Note: Known for its harbor and naval base; shipbuilding center.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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