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Latin alphabet


roman alphabet
n : the alphabet evolved by the ancient romans which serves for writing most of the languages of western europe [syn: roman alphabet ]




The classical Latin alphabet, also known as the Roman alphabet, is a writing system that evolved from the visually similar Cumaean Greek version of the Greek alphabet. The Greek alphabet, including the Cumaean version, descended from the Phoenician abjad while The Phoenician alphabet is derived from Egyptian hieroglyphics. The Etruscans who ruled early Rome adopted and modified the Cumaean Greek alphabet. The Etruscan alphabet was in turn adopted and further modified by the ancient Romans to write the Latin language.

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Noun
1. the alphabet evolved by the ancient Romans which serves for writing most of the languages of western Europe
(synonym) Latin alphabet
(hypernym) alphabet
(member-meronym) A



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