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


Modern Greek oikistikē, from feminine of Greek oikistikos, of settlements, from oikistēs, colonizer, founder, from oikizein, to settle, from oikos, house; see economy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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