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  1. the use of pictographs; picture writing.
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Origin of pictography

1850–55; pictograph + -y3; see -graphy
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Examples from the Web for pictography

Historical Examples of pictography

  • Pictography here records, that certain clans had killed bears and taken human scalps before that time.

    Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820

    Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

  • It is not a difficult task to distinguish the pictography of these two peoples, wherever found.

  • From pictography it is but an easy step to hieroglyphics like those used by ancient peoples.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • According to John Tanner, the symbol for the lightning in Ojibway pictography was a rattlesnake.

    American Hero-Myths

    Daniel G. Brinton