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hieroglyphic

hi·er·o·gly·ph·ic

hieroglyphic

 
pronunciation:
haI r glI fk [or] haI r glI fihk
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: of or concerning a type of writing, esp. one used by the ancient Egyptians, that uses pictorial symbols to represent words or sounds.
 
definition 2: written in such symbols.
definition 3: written so as to be unreadable or indecipherable.
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a single hieroglyphic symbol; hieroglyph.
A breakthrough in the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphics occurred with the discovery of the Rosetta stone.
definition 2: (pl.) writing in hieroglyphic symbols or something similar.
definition 3: (pl.) writing that is unreadable or indecipherable.
derivations: hieroglyphical (adj.), hieroglyphically (adv.)
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