Ge'ez script

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The Ge'ez script (Ge'ez: ግዕዝ, Gəʿəz), also known as Ethiopic, is a writing system native to Eastern Africa. It is the alphabet used in several languages of Eritrea and Ethiopia.

Form[change | change source]

Ge'ez script is used as an abugida (alphasyllabary) for languages including Amharic and Tigrinya. It originally was an abjad (consonant-only alphabet). In Amharic and Tigrinya, the script is often called fidäl (ፊደል), meaning "script" or "alphabet".

Distribution[change | change source]

Ge'ez script was first used to write the Ge'ez language. In modern times Ge'ez is the liturgical language of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, and Beta Israel, the Jewish community in Ethiopia.