Timbuktu

[ tim-buhk-too, tim-buhk-too ]
/ ˌtɪm bʌkˈtu, tɪmˈbʌk tu /

noun

a town in central Mali, W Africa, near the Niger River.French Tombouctou.
any faraway place.
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British Dictionary definitions for timbuktu

Timbuktu
/ (ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː) /

noun

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
any distant or outlandish placefrom here to Timbuktu
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Culture definitions for timbuktu (1 of 2)

Timbuktu
[ (tim-buk-tooh) ]

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

Culture definitions for timbuktu (2 of 2)

Timbuktu
[ (tim-buk-tooh) ]

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

notes for Timbuktu

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