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hieroglyph (n.)

"a figure of a familiar object representing a word or sound," especially in the system of writing used on monuments, etc., in ancient Egypt, 1590s, a shortening of hieroglyphic (n.) "hieroglyphic character," from hieroglyphic (adj.). Greek hieroglyphos meant "a carver of hieroglyphics."

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Definitions of hieroglyph from WordNet

hieroglyph (n.)
writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible);
Synonyms: hieroglyphic
hieroglyph (n.)
a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt;
Synonyms: hieroglyphic
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