EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a pictograph or hieroglyph. a sculptured figure or relief carving. . Architecture an ornamental channel or groove. Origin of glyph 1720–30; < Greek glyph(ḗ) carving, derivative of glýphein to hollow out Related forms glyph·ic, adjective
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Glyphic, if he be living now, must be more than sixty years old.
In respect to Doctor
Glyphic's affair he was ready and explicit.
Glyphic crowned his eccentricities by marrying, and begetting a daughter?
They contained the fruits of Doctor
Glyphic's antiquarian researches.
In due course of time Doctor
Glyphic's worthy step-father died. British Dictionary definitions for glyphic noun a carved channel or groove, esp a vertical one as used on a Doric frieze any computer-generated character regarded in terms of its shape and bit pattern Derived Forms glyphic, adjective Word Origin for glyph
C18: from French
glyphe, from Greek gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve
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Word Origin and History for glyphic 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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