Definition of Egypt

1. Noun. A republic in northeastern Africa known as the United Arab Republic until 1971; site of an ancient civilization that flourished from 2600 to 30 BC.

2. Noun. An ancient empire to the west of Israel; centered on the Nile River and ruled by a Pharaoh; figured in many events described in the Old Testament.
Exact synonyms: Egyptian Empire
Generic synonyms: Empire, Imperium
Derivative terms: Egyptian

Definition of Egypt

1. Proper noun. A country in North Africa. Official name: Arab Republic of Egypt. ¹

2. Proper noun. (historical) A civilization based around the river Nile, on its lower reaches nearer the Mediterranean. ¹

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Medical Definition of Egypt

1. A republic in northwest africa. Its capital is cairo. It was a very ancient kingdom which, by ca. 3000 b.c., was one of the early civilizations of the ancient world. It was the centre of hellenistic culture 330-323 b.c. And part of the roman empire from 30 b.c. Until the arab conquest in 640 a.d. Egypt was successively administered by the ottoman empire, the british, and the french from 1517 to 1914. It was established as a republic in 1953. The latin name aegyptus and the greek aiguptos are renderings of the egyptian hut-ka-ptah, hut (temple) + ka (soul) + ptah (ptah, the famous god), temple of the soul of ptah. The egyptian name for egypt was kemet, meaning black country, with reference to the dark skin of the ancient egyptians. This in turn is from ham, the second son of noah, whose name is of uncertain origin. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Egypt

egtazic acid
egypt (current term)
ehrlichia chaffeensis

Literary usage of Egypt

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Ancient Egyptian Science: A Source Bookby Marshall Clagett by Marshall Clagett (1989)
"This volume, the first of three volumes describing the major facets of Ancient egyptian Science, concentrates on the origin and development of hieroglyphic..."

2. The Cambridge Medieval History by John Bagnell Bury, James Pounder Whitney (1913)
"Byzantine egypt lay close by, and from egypt a reconquest of Syria, even an attack on ... Probably all egypt was then an important base for the fleet of the ..."

3. The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire by Edward Gibbon (1862)
"egypt by the siege of Alexandria, cut off the aqueducts which conveyed the waters of the Nile into every quarter of that immense city,43 and, rendering his ..."

4. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1906)
"The possession of egypt was also designed to secure a further advantage. The Ottoman Empire was corrupt to the core; and though, on its inevitable ..."

5. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1882)
"MODERN egypt.—For the convenience of booksellers and librarians we supplement the " Cues" to egypt in our last issue with a selection of titles taken from ..."

6. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1899)
"They produce the great charter of their liberties, the treaty of Selim the First with the republic ;103 and the Othman emperor still accepts from egypt a ..."

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