the agora

agora

1 [ag-er-uh]
noun, plural agorae [ag-uh-ree] (in ancient Greece)
1.
a popular political assembly.
2.
the place where such an assembly met, originally a marketplace or public square.
3.
the Agora, the chief marketplace of Athens, center of the city's civic life.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Greek agorā́ marketplace, equivalent to agor- (variant stem of ageírein to gather together < a pre-Hellenic IE substratum language, equivalent to a(d)- ad- + *ǵher- grasp, cognate with Sanskrit har- seize, fetch) + noun ending

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agora1 (ˈæɡərə)
 
n , pl -rae
(often capital)
 a.  the marketplace in Athens, used for popular meetings, or any similar place of assembly in ancient Greece
 b.  the meeting itself
 
[from Greek, from agorein to gather]

agora2 (ˌæɡəˈrɑː)
 
n , pl -rot
an Israeli monetary unit worth one hundredth of a shekel
 
[Hebrew, from āgōr to collect]

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