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 (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.


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.


(ˌtɪm bʌkˈtu, tɪmˈbʌk tu)

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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[ˌtɪmbʌkˈtuː] NTimbuktú m
he could be in Timbuktu for all I knowpodría estar en la conchinchina
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Twenty palm-thatched, beehive huts sheltered its black population, while a half-dozen goat skin tents in the center of the clearing housed the score of Arabs who found shelter here while, by trading and raiding, they collected the cargoes which their ships of the desert bore northward twice each year to the market of Timbuktu.
Timbuktu has often been invoked as a symbol of the most distant place on Earth, as a mysterious and exotic, but unreachable, attraction.
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The legendary city of Timbuktu was especially blessed by Mansa Musa's Hajj, with many mosques such as the Sankore Masjid being built by the best architects in the world.
JEDDAH, Aug 15 (KUNA) -- The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Tuesday condemned strongly a "terrorist attack" on a United Nations peacekeeping base in Timbuktu in northern Mali late Monday that killed seven people, including five Malian security guards.
When Major Gordon Alexander Laing became the first European to arrive in Timbuktu in 1826, he was hardly triumphant.
Far from the legendary City of Gold, Timbuktu is a city where UN solders keep a fragile peace after an incursion by Islamic extremists in 2012.
International war crimes judges are to rule on Tuesday in the case of a former Islamist rebel who pleaded guilty to wrecking holy shrines during Mali's 2012 conflict and apologised for the damage he caused in Timbuktu.
An Islamist militant has admitted destroying cultural sites in Timbuktu, Mali, in a landmark trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC).
His topics include the growth and political economy of Islamic scholarship in the Bilad al-Sudan, the rise of clerical lineages in the Sahara and the Bilad al-Sudan, Islamic education and the colonial encounter, modern Islamic institutions of higher learning, Arabophones triumphant: Timbuktu under Islamic rule.
police base in the Malian city of Timbuktu on Friday morning, the United Nations said, while security sources said a Malian army checkpoint in the city had also come under fire.
Sherlock Holmes The Missing Years: Timbuktu is an original novel by set during these years--a time when the world thought Holmes was dead and gone--penned by Delhi native and superb storyteller Vasudev Murthy.