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Tim·buk·tu

 (tĭm′bŭk-to͞o′, tĭm-bŭk′to͞o) or Tom·bouc·tou (tōN′bo͞ok-to͞o′)
A city of central Mali near the Niger River northeast of Bamako. Founded in the 11th century by the Tuareg, it became a major trading center (primarily for gold and salt) and a center of Islamic learning by the 14th century. Timbuktu was sacked in 1591 by invaders from Morocco and fell to the French in 1894.
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Timbuktu

(ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː)
n
1. (Placename) a town in central Mali, on the River Niger: terminus of a trans-Saharan caravan route; a great Muslim centre (14th–16th centuries). Pop: 35 600 (2009 est). French name: Tombouctou
2. any distant or outlandish place: from here to Timbuktu.
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Tim•buk•tu

(ˌtɪm bʌkˈtu, tɪmˈbʌk tu)

n.
1. former name of Tombouctou.
2. any faraway place.
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Noun1.Timbuktu - a city in central Mali near the Niger riverTimbuktu - a city in central Mali near the Niger river; formerly famous for its gold trade
French Sudan, Mali, Republic of Mali - a landlocked republic in northwestern Africa; achieved independence from France in 1960; Mali was a center of West African civilization for more than 4,000 years
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Timbuktu

[ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː] NTimbuktú m
he could be in Timbuktu for all I knowpodría estar en la conchinchina
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