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Sep 16, 2011
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necropolis

Necropolis of Pahlavan-Mahmud, Uzbekistan
Necropolis of Pahlavan-Mahmud, Uzbekistan

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necropolis

PRONUNCIATION:
(ne-KROP-uh-lis)

MEANING:
noun: A burial place, especially a large and elaborate cemetery belonging to an ancient city.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek necro- (dead) + -polis (city). Earliest documented use: 1819.

USAGE:
"This merchant lived a long life in Egypt and was buried in the Saqqara necropolis."
Nevine El-Aref; Ancient Egyptians in Arabia; Al-Ahram Weekly (Cairo, Egypt); Nov 11, 2010.

See more usage examples of necropolis in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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