a usually light-colored, very finely divided, essentially siliceous material consisting either of weathered chert or siliceous limestone: used as a polishing powder
Origin of tripoliFr, after Tripoli, town in Lebanon (or uncertain or unknown; perhaps Libya), from which it was origin, originally imported
- former Barbary State on the N coast of Africa
- seaport & capital of Libya, on the NW coast
- seaport on the NW coast of Lebanon
A porous, lightweight, siliceous sedimentary rock composed of the shells of diatoms or radiolarians or of finely weathered chert, used as an abrasive and a polish.
Origin of tripoliFrenchprobably after Tripoli Lebanon
- A historical region of northern Africa roughly coextensive with the ancient region of Tripolitania. It became part of the Barbary States in the 16th century and later passed to Turkey and Italy.
- A city of northwest Lebanon on the Mediterranean Sea north-northeast of Beirut. Probably founded after the seventh century BC, it was capital of a Phoenician federation and later flourished under the Seleucid and Roman empires. Tripoli was captured by the Arabs in AD 638 and taken by the Crusaders in 1109 after a long siege.x
- The capital and largest city of Libya, in the northwest part of the country on the Mediterranean Sea. Settled by Phoenicians from Tyre, it has Roman and Byzantine remains.x
- The capital city of Libya.