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megalopolis (meg-uh-LOP-uh-lis) also megapolis (mi-GAP-uh-lis, me-)

noun: A region made up of several large cities and their surrounding areas in sufficient proximity to be considered a single urban complex.

[Megalo- + Greek polis, city.]

"The biggest reason for LA's continuing lack of civic pride is the sheer sprawl of the place. Angelenos tend to be intensely loyal to their own neighbourhoods but indifferent to the surrounding megalopolis."
Los Angeles: The Sum of Its Parts?; The Economist (London, UK); 12 Jul 1997.

This week's theme: Words derived by adding prefixes


If I were to choose between the power of writing a poem and the ecstasy of a poem unwritten, I would choose the ecstasy. It is better poetry. But you and all my neighbors agree that I always choose badly. -Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931) [Sand and Foam]

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