Timbuktu

[tim-buhk-too, tim-buhk-too]
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Contemporary Examples of timbuktu

Historical Examples of timbuktu

  • Timbuktu has scarcely any religion, or, more correctly, too many.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

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

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

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

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

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

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

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

    A Book of Discovery

    Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge


British Dictionary definitions for timbuktu

Timbuktu

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 placefrom here to Timbuktu
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Word Origin and History for timbuktu

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

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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