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Type Settlement
Pronounced Pron. meh-LEE-lya(Spanish) mə-LEE-yə(English) meh-LEE-yə(English)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

The etymology of Melilla is uncertain. Since Melilla was an active beekeeping location in the past, the name has been related to honey; this is tentatively backed up by two ancient coins featuring a bee as well as the inscriptions RSADR and RSA. Others relate the name to "discord" or "fever" or to an ancient Arab personality.
Added 4/21/2023 by anonymous