Italy

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Map of Italy.

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From Middle English Italy, Italie, from Old English Italia (Italy), from Latin Ītalia (Italy), via Ancient Greek Ἰταλία (Italía), from Oscan 𐌅𐌝𐌕𐌄𐌋𐌉𐌞 (Víteliú) (a name for the southwestern tip of the boot of Italy), meaning "land of bulls" in Oscan; usually assumed to be a cognate of vitulus (calf), despite the different length of the i.

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Italy

  1. A country in southern Europe, one of the states of the European Union. Official name: The Italian Republic (in Italian, la Repubblica Italiana).
  2. Synonym of Apennine Peninsula.

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