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picture writing

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noun
  1. the art of recording events or expressing ideas by pictures, or pictorial symbols, as practiced by preliterate peoples.
  2. pictorial symbols forming a record or communication.
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Origin of picture writing

First recorded in 1735–45
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Related Words for picture writing

script, cuneiform, hieroglyphics, ideography, symbology

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Historical Examples of picture writing

  • The earliest Egyptian writing was that which is called hieroglyphic, or picture-writing.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • This warlike message is a specimen of Indian picture-writing.

  • In this time did the picture-writing change, or, indeed, was it ever identical?

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for picture writing

picture writing

noun
  1. any writing system that uses pictographs
  2. a system of artistic expression and communication using pictures or symbolic figures
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