conurbation

[ kon-er-bey-shuhn ]
/ ˌkɒn ərˈbeɪ ʃən /

noun

an extensive urban area resulting from the expansion of several cities or towns so that they coalesce but usually retain their separate identities.

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Origin of conurbation

con- + Latin urb- (stem of urbs ) “city, capital city, Rome” + -ation; coined by Sir Patrick Geddes (1854–1932), Scottish sociologist and city planner, in his Cities in Evolution (1915)
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British Dictionary definitions for conurbation

conurbation
/ (ˌkɒnɜːˈbeɪʃən) /

noun

a large densely populated urban sprawl formed by the growth and coalescence of individual towns or cities

Word Origin for conurbation

C20: from con- + -urbation, from Latin urbs city; see urban
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