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MAGENTA

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 304 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MAGENTA, a town of Lombardy, Italy, in the province of Milan, 16 m. by rail W. of Milan city, 364 ft. about sea-levelsituated in the midst of rice-fields. Pop. (19o1), 8012. It manufactures silks and matches, and is famous for the battle (1859) in which the allied French and Piedmontese defeated the Austrians (see ITALIAN WARS). A memorial chapel and a monument were erected on the battle-field in 1862. A crimson-purple aniline dye, discovered about the time of the battle, was given from it the name of " magenta,"
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