- an extensive urban area resulting from the expansion of several cities or towns so that they coalesce but usually retain their separate identities.
Origin of conurbation
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- a large densely populated urban sprawl formed by the growth and coalescence of individual towns or cities
C20: from con- + -urbation, from Latin urbs city; see urban
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Word Origin and History for conurbation
1915, from Latin com- "with, together" (see com-) + urbs "city" + -ation. Coined by Scottish biologist and urban planner Patrick Geddes (1854-1932) in "Cities in Evolution."
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