hieroglyphic

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English[edit]

Hieroglyphs typical of the Graeco-Roman period.

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Etymology[edit]

First coined 1726, from Middle French hiéroglyphique, from Latin hieroglyphicus, from Ancient Greek ἱερογλυφικός (hierogluphikos), from ἱερογλυφέω (hieroglupheō, to represent hieroglyphically), from ἱερός (hieros, sacred, holy) + γλύφω (gluphō, to carve, to engrave, to cut out)

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Noun[edit]

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hieroglyphic (plural hieroglyphics)

  1. (chiefly in the plural) a writing system of ancient Egypt, Minoans, Maya and other civilizations, using pictorial symbols to represent individual sounds as a rebus
  2. any symbol used in this system; a hieroglyph
  3. (by extension) undecipherable handwriting or secret symbol

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hieroglyphic (comparative more hieroglyphic, superlative most hieroglyphic)

  1. of, relating to, or written with this system of symbols
    hieroglyphic writing
    hieroglyphic obelisk
  2. difficult to decipher

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