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cataracts

Steep rapids in a river; a very large waterfall.

delta

A triangle-shaped deposit of soil near the mouth of a river

papyrus

A long, thin reed; also, the paper-like writing material made by Egyptians from the reed's pith.

dynasty

A series of rulers from the same family

afterlife

According to some beliefs, the life that follows death.

embalm

To prevent the decay of a dead body by treating it with preservatives.

mummy

A dead body embalmed in the manner of the ancient Egyptians.

hieroglyphics

The ancient Egyptian writing system in which pictorial symbols stand for words or sounds.

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