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populous

[pop-yuh-luh s] /ˈpɒp yə ləs/
adjective
1.
full of residents or inhabitants, as a region; heavily populated.
2.
jammed or crowded with people:
There's no more populous place than Times Square on New Year's Eve.
3.
forming or comprising a large number or quantity:
Because of epidemics the tribes are not nearly so populous as they once were.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English populus < Latin populōsus. See people, -ous
Related forms
populously, adverb
populousness, noun
nonpopulous, adjective
nonpopulously, adverb
nonpopulousness, noun
overpopulous, adjective
overpopulously, adverb
overpopulousness, noun
unpopulous, adjective
unpopulously, adverb
unpopulousness, noun
Can be confused
populace, population, populous.
Synonyms
2. swarming, packed, teeming.
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British Dictionary definitions for un populous

populous

/ˈpɒpjʊləs/
adjective
1.
containing many inhabitants; abundantly populated
Derived Forms
populously, adverb
populousness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin populōsus
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Word Origin and History for un populous

populous

adj.

early 15c., from post-classical Latin populosus "full of people, populous," from populus "people" (see people (n.)). Related: Populousness.

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