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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