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.
Related formsTri·pol·i·tan[trih-pol-i-tn]/trɪˈpɒl ɪ tn/, noun, adjective
the NW part of Libya: established as a Phoenician colony in the 7th century bc; taken by the Turks in 1551 and became one of the Barbary states; under Italian rule from 1912 until World War II
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
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
both the Libyan capital and the Lebanese port city represent Greek tri- "three" (see tri-) + polis "town." In Libya, Tripolis was the name of a Phoenician colony consisting of Oea (which grew into modern Tripoli), Leptis Magna, and Sabratha. Arabic distinguishes them as Tarabulus ash-sham ("Syrian Tripoli") and Tarabulus al-garb ("Western Tripoli").