biliteral

adjective

bi·​literal
(ˈ)bī +
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

Word History

Etymology

bi- entry 1 + literal

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“Biliteral.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biliteral. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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