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.

Rosetta stone

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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

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.

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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One would think some shrine to this patron saint of literacy would be set up, and maybe copies of the Rossetta Stone and 'Just So' Stories recorded there.