deme

noun
\ ˈdēm How to pronounce deme (audio) \

Definition of deme

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

First Known Use of deme

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deme

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

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“Deme.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deme. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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