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Fig.1: Black Ibis and White Ibis, drawn by Jules-Cesar Sauvigny (Description de l'Egypte 1810).The smaller, black ibis (Plegadus falcinellus), at left ,was named gmt (or "the gmt-bird"). In hieroglyphic writing, its pictograph stood for the phoeneme "gm" (Gardiner, sign G-28).
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