pictograph

[ pik-tuh-graf, -grahf ]
/ ˈpɪk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf /

noun

a pictorial sign or symbol.
a record consisting of pictorial symbols, as a prehistoric cave drawing or a graph or chart with symbolic figures representing a certain number of people, cars, factories, etc.

Origin of pictograph

1850–55; < Latin pict(us) painted (see picture) + -o- + -graph

Related forms

pic·to·graph·ic [pik-tuh-graf-ik] /ˌpɪk təˈgræf ɪk/, adjectivepic·to·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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pictograph

/ (ˈpɪktəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf) /

noun

a picture or symbol standing for a word or group of words, as in written Chinese
a chart on which symbols are used to represent values, such as population levels or consumption

Derived Forms

pictographic (ˌpɪktəˈɡræfɪk), adjectivepictography (pɪkˈtɒɡrəfɪ), noun

Word Origin for pictograph

C19: from Latin pictus, from pingere to paint
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