Pietermaritzburg

[pee-ter-mar-its-burg]

Natal

[nuh-tal, -tahl; for 2 also Portuguese nuh-tawl]
noun
  1. a province in the E part of the Republic of South Africa. 35,284 sq. mi. (91,886 sq. km). Capital: Pietermaritzburg.
  2. a seaport in E Brazil.
Related formsNa·tal·i·an, adjective, noun
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Pietermaritzburg

noun
  1. a city in E South Africa, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal: founded in 1839 by the Boers: gateway to Natal's mountain resorts. Pop: 223 519 (2001)

natal

1
adjective
  1. of or relating to birth
  2. a rare word for native natal instincts

Word Origin for natal

C14: from Latin nātālis of one's birth, from nātus, from nascī to be born

natal

2
adjective
  1. anatomy of or relating to the buttocks

Word Origin for natal

from New Latin nates buttocks

Natal

noun
  1. (nəˈtæl) a former province of E South Africa, between the Drakensberg and the Indian Ocean: set up as a republic by the Boers in 1838; became a British colony in 1843; joined South Africa in 1910; replaced by KwaZulu-Natal in 1994. Capital: Pietermaritzburg
  2. (Portuguese naˈtal) a port in NE Brazil, capital of Rio Grande do Norte state, near the mouth of the Potengi River. Pop: 1 049 000 (2005 est)
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Word Origin and History for pietermaritzburg

natal

adj.

late 14c., "of or pertaining to birthdays," from Latin natalis "pertaining to birth or origin," from natus, past participle of nasci "to be born" (Old Latin gnasci; see genus).

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pietermaritzburg in Medicine

natal

[nātl]
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or accompanying birth.
  2. Of or relating to the buttocks.
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