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Tripoli

[ trip-uh-lee ]
/ ˈtrɪp ə li /
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noun

Also Trip·o·li·ta·ni·a [trip-uh-li-tey-nee-uh, -teyn-yuh; Italian tree-paw-lee-tah-nyah]. /ˌtrɪp ə lɪˈteɪ ni ə, -ˈteɪn yə; Italian ˌtri pɔ liˈtɑ nyɑ/. one of the former Barbary States of N Africa: later a province of Turkey; now a part of Libya.
a seaport in and the capital of Libya, in the NW part.
a seaport in N Lebanon, on the Mediterranean.
(lowercase) any of several siliceous substances, as rottenstone and infusorial earth, used chiefly in polishing.

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OTHER WORDS FROM Tripoli

Tri·pol·i·tan [trih-pol-i-tn], /trɪˈpɒl ɪ tn/, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Tripoli (1 of 2)

tripoli
/ (ˈtrɪpəlɪ) /

noun

a lightweight porous siliceous rock derived by weathering and used in a powdered form as a polish, filter, etc

Word Origin for tripoli

C17: named after Tripoli, in Libya or in Lebanon

British Dictionary definitions for Tripoli (2 of 2)

Tripoli
/ (ˈtrɪpəlɪ) /

noun

the capital and chief port of Libya, in the northwest on the Mediterranean: founded by Phoenicians in about the 7th century bc; the only city that has survived of the three (Oea, Leptis Magna, and Sabratha) that formed the African Tripolis ("three cities"); fishing and manufacturing centre. Pop: 1 223 300 (2002 est)Ancient name: Oea (ˈiːə) Arabic name: Tarabulus el Gharb
a port in N Lebanon, on the Mediterranean: the second largest town in Lebanon; taken by the Crusaders in 1109 after a siege of five years; oil-refining and manufacturing centre. Pop: 212 000 (2005 est)Ancient name: Tripolis Arabic name: Tarabulus esh Sham
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Cultural definitions for Tripoli

Tripoli
[ (trip-uh-lee) ]

Capital of Libya and the largest city in the country, located in northwestern Libya.

notes for Tripoli

The city dates back to the seventh century b.c.

notes for Tripoli

United States war planes attacked Tripoli in 1986 in retaliation for Libyan terrorist acts against American citizens.
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