the art of recording events or expressing ideas by pictures, or pictorial symbols, as practiced by preliterate peoples.
pictorial symbols forming a record or communication.
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How to use picture writing in a sentence
The Quiches were acquainted with a kind of picture-writing, and possessed records in which myth glided into history.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1 | Andrew Lang
You will ask, how could the Chinese have built up a great intellectual fabric from mere picture writing?Instigations | Ezra Pound
In spite of its age, the first part that unrolled showed clear and strong picture writing, in bright colors.The Blind Lion of the Congo | Elliott Whitney
The signs are, of course, later than the picture-writing of the hieroglyph, and also later than the linear script suited to stone.Sumerian Hymns | Frederick Augustus Vanderburgh
I've sure heard a heap about that picture writing, and what fun scouts have trying to make out what it all means.The Boy Scouts' First Camp Fire | Herbert Carter
British Dictionary definitions for picture writing
any writing system that uses pictographs
a system of artistic expression and communication using pictures or symbolic figures
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