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[bib-luh s] /ˈbɪb ləs/
an ancient Phoenician seaport near the modern city of Beirut, Lebanon: chief port for the export of papyrus: site now partially excavated. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin and History for Byblos
ancient Phoenician port (modern Jebeil, Lebanon) from which Egyptian papyrus was exported to Greece. The name probably is a Gk. corruption of Phoenician Gebhal, said to mean lit. "frontier town" (cf. Heb. gebhul "frontier, boundary," Arabic jabal "mountain"), or perhaps it is Canaanite gubla "mountain." The Gk. name also might have been influenced by, or come from, an Egyptian word for "papyrus."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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