synoecism

noun
syn·​oe·​cism | \ sə̇ˈnēˌsizəm \
variants: or less commonly synoicism \ -​nȯiˌkizəm , -​nȯiˌsi-​ \
plural -s

Definition of synoecism

1 : a joining together : union specifically : a uniting of several towns or villages into one community (as in ancient Greece)
2 : the condition of being synoecious

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History and Etymology for synoecism

Greek synoikismos wedlock, act of combining into one city-state, from synoikizein

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“Synoecism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/synoecism. Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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