pharaohs

[ (fair-ohz, fay-rohz) ]

The kings of ancient Egypt (see also Egypt). The pharaohs headed strong governments. They are remembered for establishing extensive irrigation systems and for building as tombs the imposing pyramids, which still stand today.

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In the biblical account of the Exodus, a pharaoh refused to let the Israelites under Moses leave Egypt.
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