One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A headdress of ancient Egypt, combining the white crown of Upper Egypt with the red crown of Lower Egypt, used after the formation of the State (c 3000 b.c.).
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Archaeologia. From Hellenistic Greek ψχέντ from Egyptian Demotic p-skhnt from p the + skhnt (representing Hieroglyphic sekhemti the double crown of Egypt).
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