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necropolis

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noun ne·crop·o·lis \nə-ˈkrä-pə-ləs, ne-\

Simple Definition of necropolis

  • : a large cemetery especially of an ancient city

Full Definition of necropolis

plural ne·crop·o·lis·es or ne·crop·o·lesplay \-ˌlēz\ or -leis \-ˌlās\ or ne·crop·o·liplay \-ˌlī, -ˌlē\

  1. :  cemetery; especially :  a large elaborate cemetery of an ancient city

Examples of necropolis

  1. Archaeologists uncovered a necropolis of ancient Rome.

  2. <an ancient necropolis that has given archaeologists valuable insights into how people once lived and died>



Origin of necropolis

Late Latin, city of the dead, from Greek nekropolis, from nekr- + -polis -polis


First Known Use: 1819

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