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- another term for rottenstone
- ‘Rub the brass with a mixture of the vinegar and salt, wipe off immediately with warm water, use the tripoli and olive oil to polish.’
- ‘Tripoli and rouge are used to polish precious metals, not gemstones.’
- ‘Now the piece was ready to polish with tripoli and rouge.’
Early 17th century: from French, from Tripoli.
1The capital and chief port of Libya, on the Mediterranean coast in the north-west of the country; population 1.065,400 (est. 2006). Founded by Phoenicians in the 7th century bc, its ancient name was Oea.Arabic name Tarabulus al-Gharb (literally ‘western Tripoli’)
2A port in NW Lebanon; population 190,800 (est. 2009). It was founded c.700 bc and was the capital of the Phoenician triple federation formed by the city states Sidon, Tyre, and Arvad. Today it is a major port and commercial centre of Lebanon.
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