- (especially, in plural) a writing system of ancient Egypt and Maya civilizations, using pictorial symbols to represent individual sounds as a rebus
- any symbol used in this system; a hieroglyph
- (context, by extension) undecipherable handwriting
Etymology: Greek hiero-, 'holy' + 'glyph', 'symbol'.
- of, relating to, or written with this system of symbols
- difficult to decipher
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