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  1. demenoun

    A township or other subdivision of ancient Attica.

    Etymology: From δῆμος.

  2. demenoun

    A distinct local population of plants or animals.

    Etymology: From δῆμος.

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  1. Demenoun

    a territorial subdivision of Attica (also of modern Greece), corresponding to a township

    Etymology: [Gr. dh^mos.]

  2. Demenoun

    an undifferentiated aggregate of cells or plastids

    Etymology: [Gr. dh^mos.]


  1. Deme

    In Ancient Greece, a deme or demos was a burg of Athens or a subdivision of Attica, the region of Greece surrounding Athens. Demes as simple subdivisions of land in the countryside seem to have existed in the 6th century BC and earlier, but did not acquire particular significance until the reforms of Cleisthenes in 508 BC. In those reforms, enrollment in the citizen-lists of a deme became the requirement for citizenship; prior to that time, citizenship had been based on membership in a phratry, or family group. At this same time, demes were established in the city of Athens itself, where they had not previously existed; in all, at the end of Cleisthenes' reforms, Attica was divided into 139 demes. The establishment of demes as the fundamental units of the state weakened the gene, or aristocratic family groups, that had dominated the phratries. A deme functioned to some degree as a polis in miniature, and indeed some demes, such as Eleusis and Acharnae, were in fact significant towns. Each deme had a demarchos who supervised its affairs; various other civil, religious, and military functionaries existed in various demes. Demes held their own religious festivals and collected and spent revenue.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deme

    dēm, n. a subdivision of ancient Attica and of modern Greece, a township: (biol.) any differentiated aggregate of cells. [Gr. dēmos.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEME in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DEME in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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