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Definition of "hieroglyph" [hi•er•o•glyph]

  • A picture or symbol used in hieroglyphic writing. (noun)
  • Something that suggests a hieroglyph. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hieroglyph" in a sentence
  • "In the same way this snake with the god's head is also found in the Codex Cortesianus, page 10, middle, a passage which is rendered notable also by the fact that in the writing above the picture there is expressly found as a second sign the name hieroglyph of the god."
  • "The hieroglyph is a symbol, denoting something without letters or syllables; as, pictures of a bee stand for king."
  • "Ere long, through his influence, this form of writing will supersede wholly the hieroglyph, which is cumbersome and difficult to be understood, save by a native-born Egyptian; yet I have commenced the study of it, and can read already the cartouch of Mitres, on his obelisk over against the portico of my residence."