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- n. The 24-letter alphabet of the modern Greek language, consisting of the following letters presented in upper case (majuscule) and lower case (minuscule) pairs:
- n. The alphabet consisting of the above letters plus the following four obsolete letters:
The Greek alphabet was borrowed and adapted from the Phoenicians by the eighth century B.C., so that the aleph, bet, and gimel of Phoenician became the alpha, beta, and gamma of Greek.
St. Cyril, who, together with his brother St. Methodius, translated the Greek liturgy into Slavonic when he converted the Bulgarians and Moravians, invented the form of letters derived from the Greek alphabet with which the church Slavonic is usually written.