ideograph

noun

ideo·​graph ˈi-dē-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce ideograph (audio)
ˈī-
ideographic adjective
ideographically adverb

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web To integrate that useful principle into his encoding scheme, Zhi decided to index characters by their components—the simpler characters within each ideograph—using the first letter of each component’s pinyin spelling. Jing Tsu, Wired, 23 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1835, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ideograph was in 1835

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“Ideograph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ideograph. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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