[pik-tuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈpɪk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/

a pictorial sign or symbol.
a record consisting of pictorial symbols, as a prehistoric cave drawing or a graph or chart with symbolic figures representing a certain number of people, cars, factories, etc.
/ˈpɪktəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
a picture or symbol standing for a word or group of words, as in written Chinese
a chart on which symbols are used to represent values, such as population levels or consumption

“picture or symbol representing an idea,” 1851, from Latin pictus “painted,” past participle of pingere “to paint” (see paint (v.)) + -graph “something written.” First used in reference to American Indian writing. Related: Pictography.


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