Rosetta stone


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Ro·set·ta stone

 (rō-zĕt′ə)
n.
A basalt tablet bearing inscriptions in Greek and in Egyptian hieroglyphic and demotic scripts that was discovered in 1799 near Rosetta, a town of northern Egypt in the Nile River delta, and provided the key to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics.
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Rosetta stone

n
1. (Archaeology) a basalt slab discovered in 1799 at Rosetta, dating to the reign of Ptolemy V (196 bc) and carved with parallel inscriptions in Egyptian hieroglyphics, demotic characters, and Greek, which provided the key to the decipherment of ancient Egyptian texts
2. (Linguistics) a basalt slab discovered in 1799 at Rosetta, dating to the reign of Ptolemy V (196 bc) and carved with parallel inscriptions in Egyptian hieroglyphics, demotic characters, and Greek, which provided the key to the decipherment of ancient Egyptian texts
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Roset′ta stone`


n.
a stone slab, found in 1799 near Rosetta, bearing inscriptions in Greek, hieroglyphic, and demotic characters, enabling the decipherment of ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.
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Rosetta Stone

An inscribed basalt slab dating from around 196 BC, found near Rosetta, a town in northern Egypt, in 1799. Because it carried the same text in hieroglyphics, demotic Egyptian, and Greek, it was of vital use in deciphering hieroglyphics.
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Noun1.Rosetta Stone - a part of an inscribed granite stela that was originally about six feet tall and was set up in 196 BCRosetta Stone - a part of an inscribed granite stela that was originally about six feet tall and was set up in 196 BC; the inscriptions in hieroglyphics and Demotic and Greek gave the first clues to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics
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Rosetta stone

nStein mvon Rosette
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