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In which building does the the US Congress meet: the Capital or the Capitol?




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Answer: the Capitol

The two words derive from different Latin roots.

The word capital denotes "a seat of government"; it derives from the Latin caput, head.

The name Capitol labels the building where Congress meets in Washington. It derives from the name Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills of ancient Rome.

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