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hieroglyph

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noun hi·ero·glyph \ˈhī-(ə-)rə-ˌglif\

Simple Definition of hieroglyph

  • : a written character that looks like a picture : a character used in hieroglyphics

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hieroglyph

  1. 1 :  a character used in a system of hieroglyphic writing

  2. 2 :  something that resembles a hieroglyph

Origin and Etymology of hieroglyph

French hiéroglyphe, from Middle French, back-formation from hieroglyphique


First Known Use: 1598

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