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1. A city of southeast Mexico on the Yucatán Peninsula, founded in 1542 on the site of a ruined Mayan city.
2. (also mĕ′rē-thä) A city of southwest Spain east of Badajoz. Once a Roman provincial capital, it is noted for its archaeological remains.
1. (Placename) a city in SE Mexico, capital of Yucatán state: founded in 1542 on the site of the ancient Mayan city of T'ho; centre of the henequen industry; university. Pop: 919 000 (2005 est)
2. (Placename) a city in W Venezuela: founded in 1558 by Spanish conquistadores; University of Los Andes (1785). Pop: 319 000 (2005 est)
3. (Placename) a market town in W Spain, in Extremadura, on the Guadiana River: founded in 25 bc; became the capital of Lusitania and one of the chief cities of Iberia. Pop: 52 110 (2003 est). Latin name: Augusta Emerita
Mé•ri•da(ˈmɛr ɪ də, ˈmeɪ ri-)
1. the capital of Yucatán, in SE Mexico. 523,422.
2. a city in W Venezuela. 170,902.