1. a city in NE Italy.


  1. a city in NE Italy, in Veneto: important in Roman and Renaissance times; university (1222); botanical garden (1545). Pop: 204 870 (2001)Latin name: Patavium (pəˈteɪvɪəm) Italian name: Padova

Italian city, Italian Padova, from Latin Patavium, probably from Gaulish *padi “pine,” in reference to the pine forests thereabouts. Related: Paduan.

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