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A native or inhabitant of Massalia (modern Marseilles), a Greek colony founded around 600 b.c. on the Mediterranean coast of southern France, and renowned for its stable oligarchic government.
Of or belonging to Massalia or its inhabitants.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Grote (1794–1871), historian and politician. Partly from ancient Greek Μασσαλιῶται, plural, and partly from classical Latin Massilia Marseilles + -ote.
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