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Metropolis

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metropolis

1. The mother city; the chief city of a kingdom, state, or country. [Edinburgh] gray metropolis of the North. (Tennyson)

2. The seat, or see, of the metropolitan, or highest church dignitary. The great metropolis and see of Rome. (Shak)

Origin: L. Metropolis, Gr, prop, the mother city (in relation to colonies); mother _ city. See Mother, and Police.