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Each of the forty-eight political divisions of the citizens of Athens.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Connop Thirlwall (1797–1875), historian and bishop of St David's. From ancient Greek ναυκραρία division of the citizens of ancient Athens (in the classical period) for administrative and financial purposes from ναύκραρος + -ία.
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