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Map of Italy.

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From Middle English Italy, Italie, from Old English Italia (Italy), from Latin Ītalia (Italy), via Ancient Greek Ἰταλία (Italía), from Oscan 𐌅𐌝𐌕𐌄𐌋𐌉𐌞 (Víteliú) (meaning "land of bulls" in Oscan; usually assumed to be a cognate of vitulus (calf), despite the different length of the i).

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Italy

  1. A country in southern Europe. Official name: Italian Republic.
    • 1868, E. S. G. S., Italy and her capital, page 170:
      Rome is the heart of Italy [...]. She was, is, and must ever be, her capital.
    • 19th century, Thomas Hodgkin, Italy and her invaders, title:
      Italy and her invaders
  2. Synonym of Apennine Peninsula

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