Barbary


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Bar·ba·ry

 (bär′bə-rē, -brē)
A region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and the Atlantic Ocean. Settled by Berbers in the 2nd millennium bc, it was conquered by Arabs in the 7th century ad. From the 16th to the 19th century it was used as a base by pirates who raided ships in the Mediterranean Sea and exacted tribute from the European powers trading in the area.

Barbary

(ˈbɑːbərɪ)
n
(Placename) a historic name for a region of N Africa extending from W Egypt to the Atlantic and including the former Barbary States of Tripolitania, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco

Bar•ba•ry

(ˈbɑr bə ri)

n.
a region in N Africa, extending from W of Egypt to the Atlantic Ocean and including the former Barbary States.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Barbary - a region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and GibraltarBarbary - a region of northern Africa on the Mediterranean coast between Egypt and Gibraltar; was used as a base for pirates from the 16th to 19th centuries
Barbary Coast - the Mediterranean coast of northern Africa that was famous for its Moorish pirates
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
Translations

Barbary

[ˈbɑːbərɪ]
A. NBerbería f
B. CPD Barbary ape Nmacaco m
the Barbary Coast Nla costa berebere

Barbary

nBerberei f

Barbary

in cpdsBerber-;
Barbary ape
nBerberaffe m
Barbary Coast
nBarbareskenküste f
Barbary States
plBarbareskenstaaten pl
References in classic literature ?
I am told, on good authority, that on the Barbary coast, a Commodore Davis of the British navy found the skeleton of a sperm whale.
Nor must there be omitted another strange attestation of the antiquity of the whale, in his own osseous post-diluvian reality, as set down by the venerable John Leo, the old Barbary traveller.
When they caught a boat like this at sea, they would steal everything on it; and after they had taken the people off they would sink the ship and sail back to Barbary singing songs and feeling proud of the mischief they had done.
Ah, the good horse that was brought all the long way from Barbary, he takes no more care of him than if he were a wild ass's colt and the noble armour, that was worth so many zecchins to Joseph Pareira, the armourer of Milan, besides seventy in the hundred of profits, he cares for it as little as if he had found it in the highways
In this way they escape the consequences of the first outburst and make their peace with the Church before it does them any harm, and then when they have the chance they return to Barbary to become what they were before.
This coral was more valuable than that found in the Mediterranean, on the coasts of France, Italy and Barbary.
Miss Barbary, your sole relation (in fact that is, for I am bound to observe that in law you had none) being deceased and it naturally not being to be expected that Mrs.
The grizzled ship's steward and the rough-coated Irish terrier quickly became conspicuous figures in the night life of the Barbary Coast of San Francisco.
But if he trended to the south he might reach Spain and the Barbary States.
Victor, for instance, said that immediately he landed in San Francisco he would pass right through the water- front and the Barbary Coast, and put an advertisement in the papers.
Is it owing to the bees, who, when the honey season is over, and they are supposed to have been killed with brimstone, in reality fly to Barbary and lull the captive Moors to sleep with their drowsy songs?
The history of this fine fellow would take up too much time just now; let it suffice to say that Roustan is a thoroughbred barb from the Atlas mountains, and a Barbary horse is as good as an Arab.