bidonville

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noun bi·don·ville \ˌbē-ˌdōⁿ-ˈvēl\

Definition of bidonville

  1. :  a settlement of jerry-built dwellings on the outskirts of a city (as in France or North Africa)

Origin and Etymology of bidonville

French, from bidon metal can or drum + ville city


First Known Use: 1952


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