Marseilles

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Etymology[edit]

From French Marseille, from Latin Massilia, Marsilia, from Ancient Greek Μασσαλία (Massalía), probably from a pre-Latin language of Italy, perhaps Ancient Ligurian mas (spring). The r was probably retained from Arabic مَرْسَى (marsā, harbor).

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Marseilles

  1. City in France, capital of the department Bouches-du-Rhône.

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Marseilles (uncountable)

  1. A kind of fabric made from two series of threads interlacing each other, thus forming a double cloth, quilted in the loom.