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Etymology

From Late Latin alphabētum < Ancient Greek αλφάβητος (alphabētos), from the first two letters of the Greek alphabet, alpha (Α) and beta (Β), from Phoenician aleph 𐤀 (ox) and beth 𐤁 (house), so called because they were pictograms of those objects.

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  1. The set of letters used when writing in a language.
    The Greek alphabet has only twenty-four letters.
    In the first year of school, pupils are taught to recite the alphabet.
  2. (computer science) A, normally finite, set of distinguishable symbols.
    Let <math>L</math> be a regular language over the alphabet <math>\Sigma</math>.

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