- an Afroasiatic language of Egypt descended from ancient Egyptian, largely extinct as a spoken language since the 16th century but surviving as the liturgical language of the Coptic Church.
- of or relating to Coptic or the Copts.
Origin of Coptic
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The fragment is written in Coptic, not Greek, and is not actually from the Bible, as the title would indicate.Dismembering History: The Shady Online Trade in Ancient Texts
November 23, 2014
He tentatively suggested that the text is a pastiche compiled by a modern forger with an elementary grasp of Coptic.The ‘Gospel of Jesus’s Wife’ is Still as Big a Mystery as Ever
April 13, 2014
Pharaonic scenes, Muslim symbols, poetry, and Coptic icons—great vivid murals bloomed onto the walls.
I met him at the Coptic Hospital when I went to visit the Maspero injured.
And Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri accused Coptic Pope Tawadros II of wanting to establish a Coptic state in Egypt.The Holy Land’s Endangered Christians
January 12, 2014
A Hollander, might just as well have chanted modern Greek, or Coptic.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
Among other interesting places they visited was a Coptic church.Great African Travellers
It was used, for example, by the early Coptic Christians to supplement tapestry.Art in Needlework
Lewis F. Day
His translations from the Armenian, Georgian and Coptic were numerous.
Those Coptic dogs, those eaters of carrion, have fled in the night.Tales of Secret Egypt
- an Afro-Asiatic language, written in the Greek alphabet but descended from ancient Egyptian. It was extinct as a spoken language by about 1600 ad but survives in the Coptic Church
- of or relating to this language
- of or relating to the Copts
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