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- n. Alternative form of placename.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the name of a place or locality.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The name of a place or locality; such a name as is given to places; a local name: in contradistinction to personal name.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the name by which a geographical place is known
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I think shafafa is from Arabic, i.e., a Semitic triconsonantal root (there’s an Israeli place name “Beit Shafafa”), naturalized into some African language (the way Swahili does a lot of).
Perhaps the most intriguing place name is the heart of the Mela Ridge, today covered by a huge forest of ferns with scattered groups of beech trees: Tonnara, that is, tuna trap.