from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or being a system of writing, such as that of ancient Egypt, in which pictorial symbols are used to represent meaning or sounds or a combination of meaning and sound.
- adj. Written with such symbols.
- adj. Difficult to read or decipher.
- n. A hieroglyph.
- n. Hieroglyphic writing, especially that of the ancient Egyptians. Often used in the plural with a singular or plural verb.
- n. Something, such as illegible or undecipherable writing, that is felt to resemble a hieroglyph.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a writing system of ancient Egypt, Minoans, Maya and other civilizations, using pictorial symbols to represent individual sounds as a rebus
- n. any symbol used in this system; a hieroglyph
- n. undecipherable handwriting or secret symbol
- adj. of, relating to, or written with this system of symbols
- adj. difficult to decipher
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Emblematic; expressive of some meaning by characters, pictures, or figures
- adj. Resembling hieroglyphics; not decipherable.
- adj. of or pertaining to hieroglyphs.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Expressed in hieroglyphs; written in or inscribed with symbolic characters: as, the hieroglyphic language of Egypt; hieroglyphic records; a hieroglyphic obelisk.
- Mysteriously symbolic or emblematic; hard to decipher or interpret.
- In entomology, having distinct, irregular color-markings, suggestive of Egyptian hieroglyphs: applied to the elytra of certain Coleoptera, etc.
- n. Same as hieroglyph.
- Of or pertaining to certain vermiform structures which occur in the flysch, in Carpathian sandstone, and in the marine facies of the Cretaceous and Jurassic formations of the Alps. See II, 2.
- n. One of certain vermiform structures, abundant in the Cretaceous and Jurassic rocks of some countries, probably in part the trails of mollusks or worms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a writing system using picture symbols; used in ancient Egypt
- adj. resembling hieroglyphic writing
- adj. written in or belonging to a writing system using pictorial symbols
- n. writing that resembles hieroglyphics (usually by being illegible)
French hiéroglyphique, from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Greek hierogluphikos : hieros, holy; + gluphē, carving (from gluphein, to carve).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First coined 1726, from Middle French hiéroglyphique, from Latin hieroglyphicus, from Ancient Greek ἱερογλυφικός (hierogluphikos), from ἱερογλυφέω (hieroglupheō, "to represent hieroglyphically"), from ἱερός (hieros, "sacred, holy") + γλύφω (gluphō, "to carve, to engrave, to cut out") (Wiktionary)