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prop. n.1.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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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His eloquence was palsied at the missionary meetings, and other religious assemblies in the neighbourhood, where he had been in the habit of presiding, and of speaking for hours; for he felt, when he rose, that the audience said, "That is the son of the old reprobate Sir Pitt, who is very likely drinking at the public house at this very moment." And once when he was speaking of the benighted condition of the king of Timbuctoo, and the number of his wives who were likewise in darkness, some gipsy miscreant from the crowd asked, "How many is there at Queen's Crawley, Young Squaretoes?" to the surprise of the platform, and the ruin of Mr.
He showed her all the 'treasures' in the room, ivories, enamels, miniatures, all sorts of monstrosities from Japan, from India, from Timbuctoo .
On the 25th of November, 1852, after the death of Overweg, his last companion, he plunged into the west, visited Sockoto, crossed the Niger, and finally reached Timbuctoo, where he had to languish, during eight long months, under vexations inflicted upon him by the sheik, and all kinds of ill-treatment and wretchedness.
At college Tennyson won the chancellor's prize for a poem on Timbuctoo, and the following year he published a second little volume of poems.
Police said that the women and the child were sleeping on the footpath, opposite a lounge named Timbuctoo, when the incident took place at around 9.30 pm on Saturday.
(40) [...] Croose London Scotties wi' their braw shirt fronts And a' their fancy freen's rejoicin' That similah gatherings in Timbuctoo, Bagdad--and Hell, nae doot--are voicin' Burns' sentiments o universal love, In pidgin English or in wild-fowl Scots, And toastin' ane wha's nocht to them but an Excuse for faitherin' Genius wi' their thochts.
Customers from Tooele to Timbuctoo can now have the same comfortable and information-filled checkout experience.
Let him or her, take you from the first sentence, to Timbuctoo, Mars or the moon.
Timbuktu (also spelled Tinbuktu, Timbuctoo and Timbuktoo) is the home of the prestigious Koranic Sankore University and other madrasas, Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Anderson's version, 'The Vanishing Puzzle' (25), almost elides the personhood of the doll altogether, reducing it to the vehicle for an enigma; Arnold and Cahill, by contrast, are detailed in their casting of the doll as an old man, a "professor of astronomy at Timbuctoo" travelling to Amsterdam to "see the eclipse of the last new comet" (29).
The nation couldn't give two hoots if the rugby players played in Timbuctoo so long as the best players available are chosen to represent our country.
For Henry the light and color of Matisse's odalisques "studded with malachite and jasper" summon fantasies of Proust's seafront at Balbec before they tip over into a great swelling imaginary movement through "Persia and India and China," "Kurd, Beluchistan, Timbuctoo, Somaliland, Angkor, Tierra del Fuego," until "white pigeons come to flutter and rut in the iceblue veins of the Himalayas" (169).