biliteral

adjective
bi·​literal | \ (ˈ)bī + \

Definition of biliteral

1 : consisting of or employing two letters or types of letters: such as
a : having two root consonants Semitic biliteral nouns
b : written in two different alphabets
2 cryptography
a : composed of or employing a cover text in which two letter forms or typefaces are used in significant combinations — see bacon biliteral cipher
b : representing one letter by two

History and Etymology for biliteral

bi- entry 1 + literal

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“Biliteral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biliteral. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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