- n. Dated form of Timbuktu.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A city on the southern edge of the Sahara, in central Africa, some nine miles from the Niger. It is about three miles around, and was formerly surrounded by a clay wall. Timbuctoo has a large caravan trade, gold dust being the most important export. The people are negroes, Tuariks, Mandingoes, Arabs, Foolahs, etc. The city was founded in the 12th century, but was first seen by a white man in 1826. Timbuctoo now belongs to France, and a railroad is proposed to connect Algiers, Timbuctoo and Senegambia. Population, 13,000 (1893), greatly increased during the trading season from November to January.
“The Shereefs once pretended to exercise authority over all Western Sahara as far as Timbuctoo, that is to say, all that region of the great desert lying west of the Touaricks.”
“This cannot be the case with regard to Timbuctoo, which is visited by caravans twice a year from Morocco; nor is the name met with any where, except the two first syllables in the town of Timbo, which cannot be mistaken for Timbuctoo.”
“Immense quantities of salt are also sent to Timbuctoo, which is for the most part collected at the mines of Tishet and Shangareen, (see the map of northern and central Africa, in the New Supplement to the Encyclopaedia Britannica,) through which the caravan would pass to Timbuctoo.”
“The country lying to the south of Timbuctoo, which is on the threshold of the great Sahara desert, is the Sudan, otherwise called the Valley and the Buckler of the Niger.”
“Timbuctoo, which is neither so large nor so well populated as Caillié expected, is altogether wanting in animation.”
“During his captivity he collected many particulars regarding Timbuctoo, which is so difficult of access to Europeans, and was the bourne of all early”
“It was to have correspondents in all parts of the globe; everything that related to the chronicle of the mind, from the labor of the missionary in the South Sea Islands, or the research of a traveller in pursuit of that mirage called Timbuctoo, to the last new novel at Paris, or the last great emendation of a Greek particle at a German university, was to find a place in this focus of light.”
“Archaeological excavation of African American communities such as Timbuctoo is booming across the country, spurred by an increasing number of prominent black academics and politicians and a proliferation of museums dedicated to African American history, whose curators are eager to display the artifacts.”
“a traveller in pursuit of that mirage called Timbuctoo, to the last new novel at Paris, or the last great emendation of a Greek particle at a”
“After three years thus spent, by no means unfruitfully, though it was only by his prize poem of 'Timbuctoo' that he won public honours, he was called away from Cambridge by family troubles and returned to Somersby in February 1831.”
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