hier|o|glyph|ics [ˌhaırəˈglıfıks] n [U]
[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: hiéroglyphique, from Late Latin, from Greek, from hieros ( HIERARCHY) + glyphein 'to cut marks in a surface']
a system of writing that uses pictures to represent words
>hieroglyphic adj
hieroglyphic script

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