uniliterals in a sentence
1. Egyptian writing had a set of some 24 hieroglyphs that are called uniliterals, to represent syllables that begin with a single consonant of their language, plus a vowel (or no vowel) to be supplied by the native speaker.
2. The Egyptian hieroglyphic script contained 24 uniliterals (symbols that stood for single consonants, much like letters in English).
3. A few uniliterals first appear in Middle Egyptian texts.
4. For example, the word nfr, "beautiful, good, perfect", was written with a unique triliteral that was read as nfr: However, it is considerably more common to add to that triliteral, the uniliterals for f and r. The word can thus be written as nfr+f+r, but one still reads it merely as nfr.
5. However, although seemingly alphabetic in nature, the original Egyptian uniliterals were not a system and were never used by themselves to encode Egyptian speech.