from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See stone.

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  • n. 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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    January 22, 2008

  • 1 : a black basalt stone found in 1799 that bears an inscription in hieroglyphics, demotic characters, and Greek and is celebrated for having given the first clue to the decipherment of Egyptian hieroglyphics

    2 : one that gives a clue to understanding

    January 22, 2008