hieroglyphic hieroglyphic  /ˌhaɪ roʊɡ ˈlɪ fɪk/


  1. (n) a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt
  2. (adj) written in or belonging to a writing system using pictorial symbols
  3. (n) writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible)
  4. (adj) resembling hieroglyphic writing

Derived Word(s)


  1. Unlike its Mayan counterparts, though, Teotihuacan has yielded very few inscriptions, and those are in a hieroglyphic language that archaeologists have not yet been able to decipher.
  2. But since the diggers lacked a key to the stiff hieroglyphic characters, all they could do was bite their learned nails and hope that a key stone would turn up eventually.
  3. Some personal digital assistants (PDAs) require users to write hieroglyphic-like shorthand onscreen with a stylus.



  1. "I'm at a place in my career where I'm a bit concerned about the frequency of seeing my face in movies where the screen is full of people with guns; I'm tired of this hieroglyphic of me and a gun," Cage said. "I never appear in posters with a...
    on Mar 18, 2009 By: Nicolas Cage Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. The MacArthur Foundation biography of Houston describes him as "an anthropologist illuminating the intellectual and emotional life of ancient Mesoamerican peoples, through insightful interpretations of hieroglyphic inscriptions and figural art."
    on Sep 22, 2008 By: Stephen Houston Source: Providence Journal

  3. "Hieroglyphic writing is a complex system," wrote Champollion, "a script at the same time figurative, symbolic, and phonetic, in one and the same text, in one and the same sentence, and, if I may put it, almost in one and the same word."
    on Jul 21, 2007 By: Jean-Francois Champollion Source: Washington Post

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