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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.

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.

Tim•buk•tu

(ˌtɪm bʌkˈtu, tɪmˈbʌk tu)

n.
1. former name of Tombouctou.
2. any faraway place.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations
Huitsin Nevada

Timbuktu

[ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː] NTimbuktú m
he could be in Timbuktu for all I knowpodría estar en la conchinchina
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It might have been in America, in England, in New Zealand, or in Timbuktoo ...
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.
Katie Any obviously duplicated letter either for or against should be instantly rejected whether it was from the immediate locality or Timbuktoo J Holmes Clearly Kirklees must take into account the fact that those against the plans have taken the time to individually research and write their own letters against the development.
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But my indulgence was blown to smithereens when as the cowardly Islamists fled without a fight before the French/Malian advance in Timbuktu (always looked more romantic spelt as Timbuktoo!) they torched the institutions where lay rare and priceless documents from as far ago as the 13th century, when Mali was a centre of cultural excellence.