from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A city of southwest Croatia on the Dalmatian coast of the Adriatic Sea. Founded as a Roman colony, it later grew around a palace built by Diocletian in the early fourth century A.D. Population: 188,000.
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- proper n. A port city in Croatia.
Ultimately from Ancient Greek Σπάλαθος, Ἀσπάλαθος, from ἀσπάλαθος ("spiny broom"), a a common shrub in the area. (Wiktionary)