Definition of megalopolis in English:


Syllabification: meg·a·lop·o·lis
Pronunciation: /ˌmegəˈläpələs


  • A very large, heavily populated city or urban complex.
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    • The Harrisons argue that these strips of green would contribute to natural purification of air and water, while warding off a future in which central Holland is transformed, largely thanks to suburbanization, into a megalopolis.
    • Dhaka, founded by the Mughals in 1608, is the sprawling capital city and is fast turning into a megalopolis of over nine million people.
    • By the 1960s, urban sprawl had created enormous megalopolises.


mid 19th century: from megalo- 'great' + Greek polis 'city'.

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