trip·​o·​li | \ ˈtri-pə-lē How to pronounce tripoli (audio) \

Definition of tripoli

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1 : an earth consisting of very friable soft schistose deposits of silica and including diatomite and kieselguhr
2 : an earth consisting of friable dustlike silica not of diatomaceous origin


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Trip·​o·​li | \ ˈtri-pə-lē How to pronounce Tripoli (audio) \

Definition of Tripoli (Entry 2 of 2)

1 or Arabic Ṭarābulus \ tə-​ˈrä-​bə-​ləs How to pronounce Ṭarābulus (audio) \ or ancient Tripolis \ ˈtri-​pə-​ləs How to pronounce Tripolis (audio) \ city and port on the Mediterranean Sea in northwestern Lebanon north-northeast of Beirut population 127,611
2 or Arabic Ṭarābulus or ancient Oea \ ˈē-​ə How to pronounce Oea (audio) \ city and port on the Mediterranean Sea in northwestern Libya population 591,062

Note: Tripoli is the capital of Libya.

3 Tripolitania when it was one of the Barbary States

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Tripolitan \ tri-​ˈpä-​lə-​tən How to pronounce Tripolitan (audio) \ adjective or noun

First Known Use of tripoli


circa 1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tripoli


French, from Tripoli, region of Africa

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“Tripoli.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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