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Pertaining to less-populated, non-urban areas.
Middle English from Old French from Latin rūrālis from rūs rūr- country reuə- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Old French rural < Latin rÅ«rālis (“rural"), from rÅ«s (“countryside") + -ālis.
Pop. including a large rural district and several villages (1890), 31,498; (1908, estimate), 33,000.
In 1905 the institute took up the work of rural school extension.
Howie spotted Cummings picking up Jennie Lohr as she hitchhiked to town from her rural Kansas farm.
Until I was ten years old, my family lived in rural east Texas.
The nobles from this time forward retired into the country and the mountains, fortified themselves in strong places outside the cities, and gave their best attention to fostering the rural population.
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