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hierogram

[ hahy-er-uh-gram, hahy-ruh- ]
/ ˈhaɪ ər əˌgræm, ˈhaɪ rə- /
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noun

a sacred symbol, as an emblem, pictograph, or the like.

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Origin of hierogram

First recorded in 1650–60; hiero- + -gram1
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Example sentences from the Web for hierogram

  • The former represents the ophite hierogram with one serpent, the latter is double; in both cases the circle has no wings.

    Curiosities of Superstition|W. H. Davenport Adams
  • As a consecrating symbol, the ophite hierogram was inscribed upon the massive portals of the Egyptian temples.

    Curiosities of Superstition|W. H. Davenport Adams

British Dictionary definitions for hierogram

hierogram
/ (ˈhaɪərəˌɡræm) /

noun

a sacred symbol
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