ne·crop·o·lis (nə-krŏpə-lĭs, nĕ-)
n. pl. ne·crop·o·lis·es or ne·crop·o·leis (-lās′)
A cemetery, especially a large and elaborate one belonging to an ancient city.
[Greek nekropolis : nekro-, necro- + polis, city; see pelə-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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