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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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a town in central Alabama on the Alabama river; in 1965 it was the center of a drive to register Black voters

Etymologies

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)

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