megalopolis ˌme-gə-ˈlä-pə-ləs noun
: a very large urban complex (usually involving several cities and towns)
The word megalopolis has appeared in 10 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Aug. 12 in “Photos Show the Devastation of Monsoons Ravaging India and Pakistan” by Maria Abi-Habib, Saba Imtiaz and Ayesha Venkataraman:
Karachi’s flooding quickly became a point of political contention, with various political parties trading volleys of blame for the haphazard urban planning in the megalopolis and its creaking infrastructure. Governance and corruption problems have plagued the municipality of about 15 million residents, and citizens demanded to know where their taxes had gone.