One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis; = "Memphian". In later use chiefly: specifically relating to or designating the dialect of Coptic (now generally known as Bohairic) formerly spoken there.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in John Capgrave (1393–1464), prior of Bishop's Lynn, theologian, and historian. From classical Latin Memphīticus, probably from Memphītēs + -icus (Hellenistic Greek Μεμϕιτικός is rare in early use).
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