Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A native or an inhabitant of ancient Memphis in Egypt.
- Of or pertaining to ancient Memphis or to its inhabitants or dialect; Memphian: as, the Memphite kingdom.
- n. The language now spoken in the neighborhood of ancient Memphis, and forming one of the main divisions of Coptic; also, formerly, the adjacent Coptic dialect now called Bohairic.
“Manuscripts have been composed from the most remote antiquity (Egyptian papyri of the memphite epoch) down to the period of the invention of printing.”
“Among the mineral substances are to be noted sea-salt, alum, nitre, sulphate of copper, and a score of different kinds of stones -- among the latter the "memphite stone" was distinguished for its virtues; if applied to parts of the body which were lacerated or unhealthy, it acted as an anaesthetic and facilitated the success of surgical operations.”
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