from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A country of northern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea. Controlled at various times by Carthage, Rome, Arabia, and Spain, the area was part of the Ottoman Empire from 1551 to 1911. It was subsequently seized by Italy and became an Italian colony during World War II, achieving independence as a kingdom in 1951. In 1969 Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi took power in a coup d'état, establishing a socialist dictatorship. Tripoli is the capital and the largest city. Population: 6,040,000.
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- proper n. A country in North Africa
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- proper n. A country in Northern Africa, between Egypt and Tunisia, bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It also borders on Algeria, Chad, Niger, and Sudan. It is an Arabic-speaking country with over 97% of the population Sunni Moslem. The population in 1995 was about 5,248,000. The capital is Tripoli.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a military dictatorship in northern Africa on the Mediterranean; consists almost entirely of desert; a major exporter of petroleum
Via Latin from Ancient Greek Λιβύη (Libuē). English since the 16th century. (Wiktionary)