[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh]

1895–1900; < Neo-Latin < Greek xenía hospitality. See xen(o)-, -ia

xenial, adjective
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[zee-nee-uh, zeen-yuh]
a city in W Ohio.
a female given name.
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xenia (ˈziːnɪə)
botany the influence of pollen upon the form of the fruit developing after pollination
[C19: from New Latin, from Greek: hospitality, from xenos guest]

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city in Ohio, from Gk. xenia "hospitality," lit. "state of a guest," from xenos "guest," of unknown origin, perhaps cognate with L. hostis "stranger, enemy." Founded 1803 and named by vote of a town meeting, on suggestion of the Rev. Robert Armstrong to suggest freindliness and hospitality.
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city, seat (1804) of Greene county, southwestern Ohio, U.S., near the Little Miami River, about 15 miles (25 km) east-southeast of Dayton. It was founded in 1803 by Joseph C. Vance, who gave it a Greek name meaning "hospitality." The arrival of the railroads in the 1840s provided impetus for its growth as a trading centre for farmers and stock raisers. Small manufactures (furniture, cordage, plastics, castings, and aircraft components) supplement its agricultural base. The log cabin (1799) of James Galloway, frontier scout and American Revolutionary War soldier, is preserved as a historic monument. Parts of Xenia were rebuilt after tornadoes in 1974 destroyed nearly half of the city. Nearby educational institutions include two historically important black universities at Wilberforce: Central State University (1887) and Wilberforce University (1856, African Methodist Episcopal). Inc. town, 1817; city, 1834. Pop. (2000) 24,164; (2005 est.) 23,600.

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