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[bib-luh s]
  1. an ancient Phoenician seaport near the modern city of Beirut, Lebanon: chief port for the export of papyrus: site now partially excavated.
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Examples from the Web for byblos

Historical Examples of byblos

  • And it tasted better than wine from Byblos out of a golden goblet.

    The Emperor, Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • The prince of Byblos sent to me, saying: Betake thyself from my harbor.

    Archology and the Bible

    George A. Barton

  • This is supported by the spelling of the name of Rib-Addi, king of Byblos.

  • These Zakar brought him before the prince of Byblos and demanded that he should be arrested.

    The Heroic Age

    H. Munro Chadwick

  • The coins of Byblos have a representation of the Temple of Astarte.

Word Origin and History for byblos


ancient Phoenician port (modern Jebeil, Lebanon) from which Egyptian papyrus was exported to Greece. The name probably is a Greek corruption of Phoenician Gebhal, said to mean literally "frontier town" (cf. Hebrew gebhul "frontier, boundary," Arabic jabal "mountain"), or perhaps it is Canaanite gubla "mountain." The Greek name also might have been influenced by, or come from, an Egyptian word for "papyrus."

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