semantogram

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Etymology[edit]

From semanto- +‎ -gram, thus literally "meaning drawing."

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  • IPA(key): sɪˈmæntəɡræm

Noun[edit]

semantogram (plural semantograms)

  1. A symbol used solely for meaning, as when logographic Chinese symbols are used to represent the meaning of native Japanese words.
    • 1978, Herbert Franke and Dennis Twitchett, "Introduction", in The Cambridge History of China [1], ISBN 0521243319, page 32:
      "the majority of Jurchen signs, which included both semantograms and phonograms, were inventions."

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