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One entry found for hieroglyphic.
Main Entry: hi·ero·glyph·ic
Pronunciation: secondarystresshimacr-(schwa-)rschwa-primarystressglif-ik
Function: noun
Etymology: derived from early French hieroglyphique (adjective) "relating to or being writing that consists of pictures or symbols rather than words," derived from Greek hieroglyphikos (same meaning), from hieros "sacred, holy" and glyphikos "of carving"; so called because it referred to the system of carvings used on ancient Egyptian temples
2 : a system of writing mainly in pictorial characters; especially : the picture script of the ancient Egyptian priesthood
3 : unclear or unreadable signs or writing
- hieroglyphic adjective
[hieroglyphic illustration]

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