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Olympia

[uh-lim-pee-uh, oh-lim-] /əˈlɪm pi ə, oʊˈlɪm-/
noun
1.
a plain in ancient Elis, Greece, where the ancient Olympic Games were held.
2.
a city in and the capital of Washington, in the W part, on Puget Sound.
3.
(sometimes lowercase). Also called Olympia oyster. a common oyster, Ostrea lurida, of the Pacific coast of North America.
4.
a female given name: from a Greek word meaning “of Olympus.”.
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Olympia

/əˈlɪmpɪə/
noun
1.
a plain in Greece, in the NW Peloponnese: in ancient times a major sanctuary of Zeus and site of the original Olympic Games
2.
a port in W Washington, the state capital, on Puget Sound. Pop: 43 963 (2003 est)
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Olympias

wife of Philip II of Macedonia and mother of Alexander the Great. She had a passionate and imperious nature, and she played important roles in the power struggles that followed the deaths of both rulers.

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