necropolis

[ nuh-krop-uh-lis, ne- ]
/ nəˈkrɒp ə lɪs, nɛ- /

noun, plural ne·crop·o·lis·es.

a cemetery, especially one of large size and usually of an ancient city.
a historic or prehistoric burial ground.

Origin of necropolis

First recorded in 1810–20, necropolis is from the Greek word nekrópolis burial place (literally, city of the dead). See necro-, -polis

Related forms

nec·ro·pol·i·tan [nek-ruh-pol-i-tn] /ˌnɛk rəˈpɒl ɪ tn/, adjective
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necropolis

/ (nɛˈkrɒpəlɪs) /

noun plural -lises or -leis (-ˌleɪs)

a burial site or cemetery

Word Origin for necropolis

C19: Greek, from nekros dead + polis city
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