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Bidonville


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Shanty town built of oil-drums, petrol-tins, etc. (from bidou, meaning an oil-drum or petrol-tin). By association, any collection of houses or shelters constructed of scrap-metal, e.g. the examples found in Calcutta, India, and Caracas, Venezuela.

OED Supplement, i (1987), 254

Subjects: Architecture.


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