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(Human Geography) US a large urban area, esp one that is formed by two or more cities and their suburbs
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(ˈmɛ trəˌplɛks)

(sometimes l.c.) a vast metropolitan area that encompasses several cities and suburbs.
[probably metro-3 + (com) plex]
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Many-tentacled Gothams like Los Angeles and Washington stretch endlessly, crosshatched with a myriad of concrete overpasses, transit beltways and suburban shopping metroplexes.