- a thick cotton fabric woven in figures or stripes with an embossed effect, chiefly for bedspreads and other coverings.
Origin of marseilles
First recorded in 1755–65; after Marseilles
- a seaport in and the capital of Bouches-du-Rhône department, in SE France.
French Mar·seille [mar-se-yuh] /marˈsɛ yə/.
- a department in SE France. 2026 sq. mi. (5245 sq. km). Capital: Marseilles.
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- a department of S central France, in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Capital: Marseille. Pop: 1 883 645 (2003 est). Area: 5284 sq km (2047 sq miles)
Word Origin and History for marseilles
city in southern France, from French Marseille, ultimately from Greek Massilia, probably from a pre-Latin language of Italy, perhaps Ligurian mas "spring."
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