Tripolitania

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Tri·pol·i·ta·ni·a

 (trĭ-pŏl′ĭ-tā′nē-ə, -tān′yə, trĭp′ə-lĭ-)
A historical region of northern Africa bordering on the Mediterranean Sea. Originally a Phoenician colony, it was later held by Carthage, Numidia, and Rome (after 46 bc). Tripolitania fell to the Vandals in ad 435, to the Arabs in the seventh century, and finally to the Ottoman Turks in 1553.

Tri·pol′i·ta′ni·an adj. & n.
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Tripolitania

(ˌtrɪpəlɪˈteɪnɪə)
n
(Placename) the NW part of Libya: established as a Phoenician colony in the 7th century bc; taken by the Turks in 1551 and became one of the Barbary states; under Italian rule from 1912 until World War II
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