hieroglyph

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Egyptian hieroglyphs typical of the Graeco-Roman period.

Etymology[edit]

First attested around 1598, a back-formation from hieroglyphic, from Middle French hiéroglyphique, from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Ancient Greek ἱερογλυφικός (hierogluphikós), derivative of ἱερογλυφη (hierogluphē, hieroglyphs), compound of ἱερός (hierós, sacred, holy) and γλύφη (glúphē, carved work), a translation of Egyptian mdw-nṯr (the god's words, hieroglyphs).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈhaɪɹəˌɡlɪf/

Noun[edit]

hieroglyph (plural hieroglyphs)

  1. An element of an ideographic (hieroglyphic) writing system.

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