Tunisia[to̵̅o̅ nē′z̸hə, -z̸hē ə; tyo̵̅o̅-]
Tunisia definition by Webster's New World
country in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: a French protectorate since 1883, it became independent in 1956; a monarchy (1956-57) & a republic since 1957: 63,378 sq mi (164,148 sq km); pop. 6,966,000; cap. Tunis
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- Tunisian adjective, noun
Tunisia definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A country of northern Africa bordering on the Mediterranean Sea. Settled in ancient times by the Phoenicians and dominated after the 6th century B.C. by the Carthaginians, the area later fell to the Romans (2nd century B.C.), Vandals (5th century A.D.), and Byzantines (6th century) before being conquered by the Arabs in the 7th century. Tunisia was taken over by the Ottoman Turks in the late 16th century and, as one of the Barbary States, was used as a base by pirates raiding ships in the Mediterranean. It became a French protectorate in 1881 and achieved full independence in 1956. Tunis is the capital and the largest city. Population: 10,300,000.