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1hieroglyphic

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

Definition of HIEROGLYPHIC

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:  written in, constituting, or belonging to a system of writing mainly in pictorial characters
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:  inscribed with hieroglyphic
3
:  resembling hieroglyphic in difficulty of decipherment
hi·ero·glyph·i·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Variants of HIEROGLYPHIC

hi·ero·glyph·ic also hi·ero·glyph·i·cal \-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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2hieroglyphic

noun

Definition of HIEROGLYPHIC

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

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First Known Use of HIEROGLYPHIC

1586

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cognate, collocation, homonym

Rhymes with HIEROGLYPHIC

HIEROGLYPHICAL Defined for Kids

hieroglyphic

noun hi·ero·glyph·ic \ˌhī-ə-rə-ˈgli-fik\

Definition of HIEROGLYPHIC for Kids

:  any of the symbols in the picture writing of ancient Egypt

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