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hieroglyphic (adj.)

1580s, "of the nature of Egyptian monumental writing," from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Greek hieroglyphikos "hieroglyphic; of Egyptian writing," from hieros "sacred" (see ire) + glyphē "carving," from glyphein "to carve" (from PIE root *gleubh- "to tear apart, cleave").

Plutarch began the custom of using the adjective (ta hieroglyphika) as a noun in reference to the Egyptian way of writing. The noun use of hieroglyphic in English dates to 1580s (hieroglyphics). Related: Hieroglyphical; hieroglyphically.

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Definitions of hieroglyphic from WordNet
1
hieroglyphic (n.)
writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible);
Synonyms: hieroglyph
hieroglyphic (n.)
a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt;
Synonyms: hieroglyph
2
hieroglyphic (adj.)
resembling hieroglyphic writing;
Synonyms: hieroglyphical
hieroglyphic (adj.)
written in or belonging to a writing system using pictorial symbols;
Synonyms: hieroglyphical
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