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hieroglyphic

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adjective hi·ero·glyph·ic \ˌhī-(ə-)rə-ˈgli-fik\

Definition of hieroglyphic

  1. 1 :  written in, constituting, or belonging to a system of writing mainly in pictorial characters

  2. 2 :  inscribed with hieroglyphic

  3. 3 :  resembling hieroglyphic in difficulty of decipherment

hi·ero·glyph·i·cal·ly play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Variants of hieroglyphic

also hi·ero·glyph·i·cal play \-fi-kəl\

Origin of hieroglyphic

Middle French hieroglyphique, from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Greek hieroglyphikos, from hieros + glyphein to carve — more at cleave


First Known Use: 1585

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hieroglyphic

noun hi·ero·glyph·ic

Definition of hieroglyphic

  1. 1 :  hieroglyph

  2. 2 :  a system of hieroglyphic writing; specifically :  the picture script of the ancient Egyptian priesthood —often used in plural but singular or plural in construction

  3. 3 :  something that resembles a hieroglyph especially in difficulty of decipherment



Illustration of hieroglyphic

1586

First Known Use of hieroglyphic

1586

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