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picture writing

the art of recording events or expressing ideas by pictures, or pictorial symbols, as practiced by preliterate peoples.
pictorial symbols forming a record or communication.
Origin of picture writing
First recorded in 1735-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Like everything else in that neighborhood, it was covered with picture writing.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • "Why, this is what they call Injun picture writing," replied Red, obligingly.

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • The art of picture writing was familiar to all these peoples.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels Daniel G. Brinton
  • It was common also among the Aztecs, but they used “picture writing.”

  • The symbol for a priest in the early Egyptian picture writing was a jackal.

    Plain English

    Marian Wharton
  • picture writing also seems to have made its first appearance in this period.

    Ancient Society

    Lewis Henry Morgan
  • Every little mark had a meaning of its own in his experienced eyes, for he had seen much of this Indian picture writing.

  • Their picture writing was scratched on stones or cut or painted on bark or wood.

    Jersey City and its Historic Sites Harriet Phillips Eaton
  • Yet the people at that time could read their picture writing just as easily as we can the Alphabet writing.

  • Of course the Phœnicians brought the picture writing they had learned from the Egyptians with them.

British Dictionary definitions for picture writing

picture writing

any writing system that uses pictographs
a system of artistic expression and communication using pictures or symbolic figures
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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