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glyph

[glif]
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noun
  1. a pictograph or hieroglyph.
  2. a sculptured figure or relief carving.
  3. Architecture. an ornamental channel or groove.

Origin of glyph

1720–30; < Greek glyph(ḗ) carving, derivative of glýphein to hollow out
Related formsglyph·ic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for glyphic

Historical Examples

  • Doctor Glyphic, if he be living now, must be more than sixty years old.

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    Julian Hawthorne

  • In respect to Doctor Glyphic's affair he was ready and explicit.

    Idolatry

    Julian Hawthorne

  • Had Doctor Glyphic crowned his eccentricities by marrying, and begetting a daughter?

    Idolatry

    Julian Hawthorne

  • They contained the fruits of Doctor Glyphic's antiquarian researches.

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    Julian Hawthorne

  • In due course of time Doctor Glyphic's worthy step-father died.

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    Julian Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for glyphic

glyph

noun
  1. a carved channel or groove, esp a vertical one as used on a Doric frieze
  2. rare another word for hieroglyphic
  3. any computer-generated character regarded in terms of its shape and bit pattern
Derived Formsglyphic, adjective

Word Origin

C18: from French glyphe, from Greek gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve
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Word Origin and History for glyphic

glyph

n.

1727, "ornamental groove in architecture," from French glyphe (1701), from Greek glyphe "a carving," from glyphein "to hollow out, cut out with a knife, engrave, carve," from PIE root *gleubh- "to cut, slice" (cf. Latin glubere "to peel, shell, strip," Old English cleofan "to cleave"). Meaning "sculpted mark or symbol" (as in hieroglyph) is from 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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