glyph

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Mayan glyphs

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First attested in 1727. From French glyphe, from Ancient Greek γλυφή (gluphḗ, carving), from γλύφω (glúphō, I carve, engrave).

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glyph (plural glyphs)

  1. A figure carved in relief or incised, especially representing a sound, word, or idea.
  2. Any non-verbal symbol that imparts information.
  3. (typography, computing) A visual representation of a letter, character, or symbol, in a specific font and style.
  4. (architecture) A vertical groove.

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