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hieroglyphic

[ hahy-er-uh-glif-ik, hahy-ruh- ]
/ 藢ha瑟 蓹r 蓹藞gl瑟f 瑟k, 藢ha瑟 r蓹- /
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adjective
Also hi路er路o路glyph路i路cal. designating or pertaining to a pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized, recognizable pictures of the things represented.
inscribed with hieroglyphic symbols.
hard to decipher; hard to read.
noun
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Origin of hieroglyphic

1575鈥85; <Late Latin hieroglyphicus <Greek hieroglyphik贸s 鈥減ertaining to sacred writing.鈥 See hiero-, glyph, -ic

OTHER WORDS FROM hieroglyphic

hi路er路o路glyph路i路cal路ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for hieroglyphic

hieroglyphic
/ (藢ha瑟蓹r蓹藞伞l瑟f瑟k) /

adjective Also: hieroglyphical
of or relating to a form of writing using picture symbols, esp as used in ancient Egypt
written with hieroglyphic symbols
difficult to read or decipher
noun Also: hieroglyph
a picture or symbol representing an object, concept, or sound
a symbol or picture that is difficult to read or decipher

Derived forms of hieroglyphic

hieroglyphically, adverbhieroglyphist (藢ha瑟蓹r蓹藞伞l瑟f瑟st, 藢ha瑟蓹藞r蓲伞-), noun

Word Origin for hieroglyphic

C16: from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Greek hierogluphikos, from hiero- + gluph膿 carving, from gluphein to carve
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