Type Settlement & Body of Water
Pronounced Pron. [mɛ.ˈlːɪː.ħɐ]
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Contributor Contrib.m4yb3_daijirou on 1/16/2016
The name of a large village or small town located on the northern tip of Malta's main island, it comes from mellieħa meaning "salt pan," derived from the Semitic root m-l-h (compare melħ meaning "salt"), probably referring to the ancient Punic-Roman salt pans which existed at Mellieħa Bay, the site of which is now occupied by the Għadira Nature Reserve.