an extinct language of the Anatolian branch of Indo-European, written in a pictographic script in Syria c1200–c600 b.c.: the same language as written in cuneiform in Anatolia is known as Luwian.
[hahy-er-uh-glif-ik, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈglɪf ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə-/ adjective 1. Also, hieroglyphical. designating or pertaining to a pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized, recognizable pictures of the things represented. 2. inscribed with hieroglyphic symbols. 3. hard to decipher; hard to read. noun 4. Also, hieroglyph. […]
[hahy-er-uh-glif-ist, hahy-ruh-, hahy-uh-rog-luh-fist, hahy-rog-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈglɪf ɪst, ˌhaɪ rə-, ˌhaɪ əˈrɒg lə fɪst, haɪˈrɒg-/ noun 1. a person who studies hieroglyphics; hieroglyphologist. 2. a person who writes in hieroglyphics.
[hahy-er-uh-gli-fol-uh-jee, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər ə glɪˈfɒl ə dʒi, ˌhaɪ rə-/ noun 1. the study of hieroglyphic writing. noun the study picture writing, esp. hieroglyphics Word Origin Greek hieros + glyphein ‘to carve’
[hahy-er-uh-gram, hahy-ruh-] /ˈhaɪ ər əˌgræm, ˈhaɪ rə-/ noun 1. a sacred symbol, as an emblem, pictograph, or the like. /ˈhaɪərəˌɡræm/ noun 1. a sacred symbol