deme

noun

1
: a unit of local government in ancient Attica
2
: a local population of closely related interbreeding organisms

Word History

Etymology

borrowed from Greek dêmos "district, country, people, political district in Attica" — more at demo-

First Known Use

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of deme was in 1833

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Cite this Entry

“Deme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deme. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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