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hieroglyphic

hahy rohg li fik

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Some personal digital assistants (PDAs) require users to write hieroglyphic-like shorthand onscreen with a stylus.
Quotes

  • Nicolas Cage in Los Angeles Times
    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...
  • Stephen Houston in Providence Journal
    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."
  • Jean-Francois Champollion in Washington Post
    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."

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