Libya

geographical name
Lib·​ya | \ ˈli-bē-ə How to pronounce Libya (audio) \

Definition of Libya

1 the part of Africa north of the Sahara between Egypt and Syrtis Major (the Gulf of Sidra) an ancient name
2 northern Africa west of Egypt an ancient name
3 country in northern Africa bordering on the Mediterranean Sea, but largely desert; a colony of Italy 1912–43, an independent kingdom 1951–69, a republic since 1969; capital Tripoli area 679,362 square miles (1,759,540 square kilometers), population 6,755,000 — see also libyan

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“Libya.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Libya. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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