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[mohd-n-uh; Italian maw-de-nah]
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  1. a city in N Italy, NW of Bologna.
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  1. a city in N Italy, in Emilia-Romagna: ruled by the Este family (18th–19th century); university (1678). Pop: 175 502 (2001)Ancient name: Mutina
  2. (sometimes not capital) a popular variety of domestic fancy pigeon originating in Modena
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Italian city, the name probably is from a pre-Latin language, but folk etymology connects it with Mutina, epithet of the nymph Lara who was stricken dumb by Zeus in punishment for her loquacity, from Latin mutus. Related: Modenese.

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