Tunis

Tunis

[too-nis, tyoo-]
noun
1.
a city in and the capital of Tunisia, in the NE part.
2.
one of the former Barbary States in N Africa, once notorious for its pirates: constitutes modern Tunisia.
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Tunisia

[too-nee-zhuh, -shuh, -nizh-uh, -nish-uh, tyoo-]
noun
a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: a French protectorate until 1956. 48,330 sq. mi. (125,175 sq. km). Capital: Tunis.

Tunisian, adjective, noun
pro-Tunisian, adjective, noun
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Tunis (ˈtjuːnɪs)
 
n
the capital and chief port of Tunisia, in the northeast on the Gulf of Tunis (an inlet of the Mediterranean): dates from Carthaginian times, the ruins of ancient Carthage lying to the northeast; university (1960). Pop: 2 063 000 (2005 est)

Tunisia (tjuːˈnɪzɪə, -ˈnɪsɪə)
 
n
a republic in N Africa, on the Mediterranean: settled by the Phoenicians in the 12th century bc; made a French protectorate in 1881 and gained independence in 1955. It consists chiefly of the Sahara in the south, a central plateau, and the Atlas Mountains in the north. Exports include textiles, petroleum, and phosphates. Official language: Arabic; French is also widely spoken. Official religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: Tunis. Pop: 9 937 000 (2004 est). Area: 164 150 sq km (63 380 sq miles)

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Tunisia definition


Republic in northwestern Africa, bordered by Algeria to the west, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and east, and Libya to the southeast.

Note: In the sixth century b.c., Tunisia became the center of power for the city of Carthage.
Note: Tunisia was a French protectorate from 1881 to 1956, when it achieved independence.
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