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[en-kawr-ee-uh l, -kohr-]
  1. (especially of demotic writing) belonging to or used in a particular country.
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Also en·chor·ic [en-kawr-ik, -kor-] /ɛnˈkɔr ɪk, -ˈkɒr-/.

Origin of enchorial

1815–25; < Late Latin enchōri(us) (< Greek enchṓrios native, equivalent to en- en-2 + chṓr(ā) country + -ios adj. suffix) + -al1
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Examples from the Web for enchorial

Historical Examples of enchorial

  • Sometimes the papyri are found written in the enchorial character.

    Museum of Antiquity

    L. W. Yaggy

  • The third kind of Egyptian writing which was formerly also called "enchorial" or indigenous.

    The New York Obelisk

    Charles E. Moldenke

  • There was another language used by the ancient Egyptians, and expressed in what is called the demotic or enchorial character.

British Dictionary definitions for enchorial



  1. of or used in a particular country: used esp of the popular (demotic) writing of the ancient Egyptians
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Word Origin for enchorial

C19: via Late Latin from Greek enkhōrios, from en- ² + khōra country
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