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picture writing

noun
1.
the art of recording events or expressing ideas by pictures, or pictorial symbols, as practiced by preliterate peoples.
2.
pictorial symbols forming a record or communication.
Origin of picture writing
1735-1745
First recorded in 1735-45
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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

noun
1.
any writing system that uses pictographs
2.
a system of artistic expression and communication using pictures or symbolic figures
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