-bury

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See also: Bury and bury

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From Old English byriġ, the dative case of burh (fortified place) (whence borough).

Due to the collapse of the case system between Old and Middle English, many placenames retain a fossilized dative form, as places would most commonly have been invoked in the dative (after a preposition in, at, to etc.).

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-bury

  1. A placename suffix indicating a fortified place.

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