Pronunciation: (lib'ē-u), [key]
1. Anc. Geog.the part of N Africa W of Egypt.
2. Italian, Libia. a republic in N Africa between Tunisia and Egypt: formerly a monarchy 1951–69. 2,800,000; 679,400 sq. mi. (1,759,646 sq. km). Cap.: Tripoli.
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