hieroglyphic

\ \ [16] Etymologically, hieroglyphic means ‘of sacred carving’. It came via French hiéroglyphique from Greek hierogluphikós, a compound of hieróssacred’ and gluphécarving’ (which derived from the same source as English cleavesplit’). It was applied to the picture writing of the ancient Egyptians because this was used in sacred texts.
\ \ Cf.CLEAVE

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  • Hieroglyphic — Hi er*o*glyph ic, Hieroglyphical Hi er*o*glyph ic*al, a. [L. hieroglyphicus, Gr. ?; iero s sacred + gly fein to carve: cf. F. hi[ e]roglyphique.] [1913 Webster] 1. Emblematic; expressive of some meaning by characters, pictures, or figures; as,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hieroglyphic — 1580s (adj. and n.), from L.L. hieroglyphicus, from Gk. hieroglyphikos hieroglyphic; of Egyptian writing, from hieros sacred (see IRE (Cf. ire)) + glyphe carving, from glyphein to carve (see GLYPH (Cf. glyph)). Plutarch began the custom of using… …   Etymology dictionary

  • hieroglyphic — index hidden Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • hieroglyphic — ► NOUN (hieroglyphics) ▪ writing consisting of hieroglyphs. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ of or written in hieroglyphs. DERIVATIVES hieroglyphical adjective. ORIGIN Greek hierogluphikos, from hieros sacred + gluph carving …   English terms dictionary

  • hieroglyphic — [hī΄ər ō΄glif′ik, hī΄rə glif′ik] adj. [Fr hiéroglyphique < LL hieroglyphicus < Gr hieroglyphikos < hieros, sacred (see HIERO ) + glyphein, to carve, hollow out: see GLYPH] 1. of, or having the nature of, hieroglyphics 2. written in… …   English World dictionary

  • Hieroglyphic — Hieroglyph Hi er*o*glyph, Hieroglyphic Hi er*o*glyph ic, n. [Cf. F. hi[ e]roglyphe. See {Hieroglyphic}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sacred character; a character used in picture writing, as of the ancient Egyptians, Mexicans, etc. Specifically, in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hieroglyphic — I. adjective also hieroglyphical Etymology: Middle French hieroglyphique, from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Greek hieroglyphikos, from hieros + glyphein to carve more at cleave Date: 1585 1. written in, constituting, or belonging to a system… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • hieroglyphic — hieroglyphically, adv. /huy euhr euh glif ik, huy reuh /, adj. 1. Also, hieroglyphical. 2. designating or pertaining to a pictographic script, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized,… …   Universalium

  • hieroglyphic — hi•er•o•glyph•ic [[t]ˌhaɪ ər əˈglɪf ɪk, ˌhaɪ rə [/t]] adj. Also, hi er•o•glyph′i•cal. 1) ling. of or designating a pictographic script, as that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalized pictures of the things… …   From formal English to slang

  • hieroglyphic — /haɪərəˈglɪfɪk / (say huyuhruh glifik) adjective Also, hieroglyphical. 1. designating or relating to a writing system, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians, in which many of the symbols are conventionalised pictures of the things they stand …   Australian English dictionary

  • Hieroglyphic —    Modern term derived from the Greek word used to describe the standard form of Egyptian writing to express the Egyptian language. The earliest forms appear at the end of the Predynastic Period and the Early Dynastic Period, but the script does… …   Ancient Egypt

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