Scripts تونس (Arabic), ⵜⵓⵏⴻⵙ (Tifinagh)
Other Forms FormsTunisie (French), Tūnis (Arabic)
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 9/11/2008
Derived from the name تُونِس (tūnis), the name of the capital city of Tunisia (see TUNIS, of disputed meaning. One theory suggests Berber origin from the Tamazight root ⵜⵏⵙ (tns) meaning "to lay down" or "encampment" or ens meaning "to lie down, to pass the night", Others state that the name is from TANITH, the name of a Phoenician goddess, or from Tynes, the name of an ancient city. Tunisia is a country in North Africa and the MAGHREB region.