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[hahy-er-uh-glif-ik, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈglɪf ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə-/

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.
inscribed with hieroglyphic symbols.
hard to decipher; hard to read.
Also, hieroglyph. a hieroglyphic symbol.
Usually, hieroglyphics. hieroglyphic writing.
a figure or symbol with a hidden meaning.
hieroglyphics, handwriting, figures, characters, code, etc., difficult to decipher:
the confusing hieroglyphics of advanced mathematics.
noun (functioning as singular or pl)
a form of writing, esp as used in ancient Egypt, in which pictures or symbols are used to represent objects, concepts, or sounds
difficult or undecipherable writing
of or relating to a form of writing using picture symbols, esp as used in ancient Egypt
written with hieroglyphic symbols
difficult to read or decipher
a picture or symbol representing an object, concept, or sound
a symbol or picture that is difficult to read or decipher

1580s, from Greek ta hieroglyphika; see hieroglyphic + -ics.

1580s (adj. and n.), from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Greek hieroglyphikos “hieroglyphic; of Egyptian writing,” from hieros “sacred” (see ire) + glyphe “carving,” from glyphein “to carve” (see glyph). Plutarch began the custom of using the adjective (ta hieroglyphika) as a noun.
hieroglyphics [(heye-uhr-uh-glif-iks, heye-ruh-glif-iks)]

A system of writing with pictures that represent words or sounds. The ancient Egyptians wrote with hieroglyphics. (See Rosetta stone.)

Note: Present-day writing that is hard to decipher or understand is sometimes jokingly called “hieroglyphics.”


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  • Hieroglyphist

    [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.

  • Hieroglyphology

    [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’

  • Hierogram

    [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

  • Hierogrammat

    [hahy-er-uh-gram-uh t, -at, hahy-ruh-] /ˌhaɪ ər əˈgræm ət, -æt, ˌhaɪ rə-/ noun 1. a writer of hierograms.

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