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 (ē′lē), Isle of
A region of east-central England with extensive drained fens. The name Isle comes from the high ground amid the fens; Ely probably refers to the eels formerly found in the fens. The city of Ely is noted for its cathedral, dating from the 11th century and one of the largest in England.


1. (Placename) a cathedral city in E England, in E Cambridgeshire on the River Ouse. Pop: 13 954 (2001)
2. (Placename) a former county of E England, part of Cambridgeshire since 1965


(ˈi li)

Isle of, a former county in E England: now part of Cambridgeshire.
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in 1948, and priested by the Bishop of Ely, England, for the Archbishop of Ontario, in 1950.