from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of south-central Alabama west of Montgomery. In 1965 it was the site of a voter registration drive led by Martin Luther King, Jr. Population: 19,300.
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- proper n. A female given name.
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- n. a town in central Alabama on the Alabama river; in 1965 it was the center of a drive to register Black voters
Taken to use in the 19th century when similar-sounding names, Elma, Thelma, Alma, Wilma etc. were in vogue. It is a place name in the Poems of Ossian, but at least a part of the name-givers must have been aware of the Turkish name Selma, ultimately of Arabic origin. (Wiktionary)