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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The science of human settlements, including city or community planning and design.

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  • n. the scientific study of human settlements, and the planning and design of cities and other communities

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Modern Greek oikistikē, from feminine of Greek oikistikos, of settlements, from oikistēs, colonizer, founder, from oikizein, to settle, from oikos, house; see economy.

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