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Timbuktu

[tim-buhk-too, tim-buhk-too] /ˌtɪm bʌkˈtu, tɪmˈbʌk tu/
noun
1.
a town in central Mali, W Africa, near the Niger River.
French Tombouctou.
2.
any faraway place.
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  • Timbuktu has scarcely any religion, or, more correctly, too many.

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  • The web is composed of all the routes which start from the coast and converge on Timbuktu.

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  • No pyramids, no marble temples, make Timbuktu one of the world's wonders.

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  • The remarkable features of Timbuktu are, then, its situation and its trade.

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  • Yet in the eighteenth century the Niger and Timbuktu were still a mystery.

    A Book of Discovery Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
  • What lovely things one could say about England, in Timbuktu!

    Alone Norman Douglas
  • But you boys told us all in Timbuktu that there was no El Hassan.

    Black Man's Burden Dallas McCord Reynolds
British Dictionary definitions for Timbuktu

Timbuktu

/ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː/
noun
1.
a town in central Mali, on the River Niger: terminus of a trans-Saharan caravan route; a great Muslim centre (14th–16th centuries). Pop: 31 973 (1998) French name Tombouctou
2.
any distant or outlandish place: from here to Timbuktu
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Word Origin and History for Timbuktu

city on the southern edge of the Sahara desert, older spelling Timbuctoo, used allusively in English for "most distant place imaginable" from at least 1863.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Timbuktu in Culture
Timbuktu [(tim-buk-tooh)]

A remote town in western Africa. Figuratively, it is a faraway and unknown place.

Timbuktu [(tim-buk-tooh)]

City in central Mali, in western Africa, near the Niger River.

Note: By the fourteenth century, it was famous for its gold trade.
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