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seaport in SE Va., on the James River at Hampton Roads: pop. 180,000
Origin: orig. obscure
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An independent city of southeast Virginia at the mouth of the James River off Hampton Roads north-northwest of Norfolk. Settled c. 1620, it gained economic importance with the beginning of its shipbuilding industry in the 1880s. Population: 178,000.