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geographical name Lib·ya \ˈli-bē-ə\

Definition of Libya

  1. 1 the part of Africa N of the Sahara between Egypt & Syrtis Major (Gulf of Sidra) —an ancient name

  2. 2 N Africa W of Egypt —an ancient name

  3. 3 country N Africa bordering on the Mediterranean; a colony of Italy 1912–43, an independent kingdom 1951–69, a republic since 1969 ∗ Tripoli area 679,358 square miles (1,766,331 square kilometers), pop 5,678,500

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