1. A cosmopolitan person: a true cosmopolite—a Renaissance man.
2. Ecology An organism found in most parts of the world.
[Greek kosmopolītēs : kosmos, world + polītēs, citizen (from polis, city; see pelə-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots).]
cos·mopo·lit′ism (-lī-tĭz′əm, -lĭ-tĭz′-) n.
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