From Middle English alphabete, borrowed from Late Latin alphabētum, from Ancient Greek ἀλφάβητος, from ἄλφα and βῆτα, the names of the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, Α and Β, lowercase forms α and β. The Greek names derived from aleph, the name of the Phoenician letter 𐤀 and beth, the name of the letter 𐤁, so called because they were pictograms of those objects, having developed from the Egyptian hieroglyphs F1 (𓃾) and pr (𓉐).
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