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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