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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.
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Origin of glyph

1720–30; < Greek glyph(ḗ) carving, derivative of glýphein to hollow out
Related formsglyph·ic, adjective
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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
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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 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.

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