Punt (pŏnt) [key], ancient land S of Egypt accessible by way of the Red Sea. Its exact location has not been identified, but it probably included the Somali coast. Temple reliefs at Deir el Bahari in W Thebes depict an Egyptian expedition to Punt in the reign of Hatshepsut. From Punt the Egyptians obtained slaves, as well as gold and incense.
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