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HIEROGLYPH

 Dictionary entry overview: What does hieroglyph mean? 

HIEROGLYPH (noun)
  The noun HIEROGLYPH has 2 senses:

1. writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible)
2. a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt

  Familiarity information: HIEROGLYPH used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


HIEROGLYPH (noun)


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Meaning:

Writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

hieroglyph; hieroglyphic

Hypernyms ("hieroglyph" is a kind of...):

writing (letters or symbols written or imprinted on a surface to represent the sounds or words of a language)


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Meaning:

A writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

hieroglyph; hieroglyphic

Hypernyms ("hieroglyph" is a kind of...):

orthography; writing system (a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hieroglyph"):

hieratic; hieratic script (a cursive form of Egyptian hieroglyphics; used especially by the priests)


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