- 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.
Origin of picture writing
First recorded in 1735–45
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Examples from the Web for picture writing
The earliest Egyptian writing was that which is called hieroglyphic, or picture-writing.History of Religion
This warlike message is a specimen of Indian picture-writing.Chips From A German Workshop - Volume I
Friedrich Max Mller
In this time did the picture-writing change, or, indeed, was it ever identical?Studies in Central American Picture-Writing
Edward S. Holden
And yet this is the picture-writing of the Aztecs, with which the world has been so edified for centuries.Mexico and its Religion
Robert A. Wilson
They corresponded with their kindred on the plains by picture-writing.Petals Plucked from Sunny Climes
- any writing system that uses pictographs
- a system of artistic expression and communication using pictures or symbolic figures