hi·​ero·​glyph | \ ˈhī-(ə-)rə-ˌglif How to pronounce hieroglyph (audio) \

Definition of hieroglyph

1 : a character used in a system of hieroglyphic writing
2 : something that resembles a hieroglyph

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Recent Examples on the Web Once you're done tracing, Fabricus gives you a percentage score that shows you how confident the machine learning algorithm is that your symbol matches a corresponding hieroglyph in its training data. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Fun New Way to Annoy Your Friends: Text Them in Hieroglyphics," 24 July 2020 Leopards appear as hieroglyphs and statues in many Egyptian artworks. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "2,000-Year-Old Leopard Face Painting Reconstructed From Egyptian Sarcophagus," 3 Mar. 2020 The 27th square of this particular board shows a hieroglyph for water, where traditionally, the 27th square would typically show an X. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Ancient Egyptians Had Their Own Kind of Ouija Board," 11 Feb. 2020 Nesyamun was mummified and entombed in a coffin inscribed with hieroglyphs, mainly texts from the Book of the Dead. Ben Guarino, Anchorage Daily News, "A 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy speaks again, with high-tech help," 24 Jan. 2020 Instead, excerpts were written on the inside of the sarcophagus itself, surviving in the form of two rotting cedar panels etched with images and hieroglyphs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "4,000-Year-Old Guide to the Ancient Egyptian Underworld May Be Oldest Illustrated ‘Book’," 1 Jan. 2020 A few years ago, after a visit to Teotihuacán, the members of the band Iron Maiden got a scholar to translate their song titles into a Mayan language called Yucatec and had the hieroglyphs printed on the tail fin of their 747. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "At the British Library, Writing Is a Work of Art," 29 July 2019 The scientists looked at physical evidence to test the hieroglyph's claims of the city having been burned. Fox News, "Ancient Mayan city burned in 'act of total war,' scientists say," 5 Aug. 2019 In the first century, hieroglyphs were a mystery and were left untouched by early Christians even when stripping old gods of power, as seen here in examples of kneeling temple statuary. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt’ Review: Editing the Image," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of hieroglyph

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hieroglyph

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

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The first known use of hieroglyph was in 1598

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“Hieroglyph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hieroglyph. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hieroglyph

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

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