oppidum

noun op·pi·dum \-dəm\

Definition of oppidum

plural

oppida

\-də\
  1. :  an ancient Roman provincial town lacking self-government; especially :  one having walls and fortifications and serving as a provincial strong point

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Origin and Etymology of oppidum

Latin, fortified town, barriers of a circus; probably from ob to, before, in the way of + ped- pes foot — more at epi, foot


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