from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient city of Phoenicia north-northeast of present-day Beirut, Lebanon. It was the chief city of Phoenicia in the second millennium B.C. and was noted for its papyruses.

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  • proper n. port city in Lebanon

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  • n. an ancient Mediterranean seaport that was a thriving city state in Phoenicia during the second millennium BC; was the chief port for the export of papyrus; located in Lebanon to the north of Beirut; now partially excavated


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From Latin Byblos, from Ancient Greek Βύβλος (Bublos), from Phoenician 𐤂𐤁𐤋 (Gebal).


  • Most early books were made from papyrus, and the word Byblos or Biblos became the ancient Greek word for ‘book.’


  • In fact, the word Bible comes from the word Byblos, another Carthaginian port from which the majority of Egyptian papyrus was exported.


  • He had spent the day up in Byblos and on the way back saw militiamen, still armed, not too far from the hotel.

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  • The rehearsal dinner was at a Mediterranean restaurant called Byblos in Westwood.

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  • Just about any ancient civilization and culture you can think of called Byblos home at one time or other.

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  • But there was only a 0.6 per cent increase in the price of private jets, a chauffeur service, and exclusive hotels such as Byblos in

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  • Two days of marching along the coast brought Alexander to the important Phoenician trading center of Byblos.

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  • South of Byblos was Berytus Beirut on a prominent headland, then the famous Phoenician port of Sidon halfway down the coast of Lebanon.

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  • Byblos had long been a shipping center for Egyptian goods, including papyrus, so that the Greeks who first used this material for scrolls called their books biblia after the town thus our word Bible.

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  • I ate superb dishes at a private house north of Byblos, and delicious meat and spinach pastries from an open kitchen in the bazaar of Baalbek.

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