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Blend of rural +‎ urban


rurban ‎(not comparable)

  1. Of or pertaining to a location which has both urban and rural characteristics.
    • 1926, John M. Gillette, "Community Concepts," Social Forces, vol. 4, no. 4, p. 686,
      The rurban community offers greater possibilities of social stratification than does the open country community.
    • 1946, Walter Firey, "Ecological Considerations in Planning for Rurban Fringes," American Sociological Review, vol. 11, no. 4, p. 413,
      There exists what has come to be called the "rurban fringe," an area occupied by tar paper shacks and stately estates, large commercial farms and one-acre part-time farms, golf courses and cemeteries, airports and obnoxious industries.
    • 2002, Andre Wink, "From the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean: Medieval History in Geographic Perspective," Comparative Studies in Society and History, vol. 44, no. 3, p. 428,
      In the lands of the Indian Ocean ‘agrarian cities’ and ‘rurban’ settlements of all sizes were the general rule throughout the medieval period.

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  • "rurban" at OneLook® Dictionary Search.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.