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A script with pictographic elements, particularly that of the ancient Egyptians. Egyptian hieroglyphs and other hieroglyphic writing systems were not purely pictographic, but combined pictographic elements with sound-based elements.
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Tyndale Bible Dictionary
HIEROGLYPHICS* Early form of writing by using pictorial signs. The Egyptian, Hittite, Mayan, and Cretan civilizations—each one independently of the others—developed hieroglyphics. The hieroglyphics with which we are most familiar are Egyptian. They began as pictures of the objects they represent, so
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
HI´EROGLYPH´ICS (hīʹer-o-glifʹiks; from Gk. hieros, “sacred,” and gluphein, to “carve”). Pictures of such objects as an animal, tree, bird, etc., representing a word, syllable, or single sound and intended to convey a meaning. The name was first applied to the engraved marks and symbols found on the
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HIEROGLYPHICS [high roe GLIF iks] (priestly writing) — a system of writing that used pictures to represent words and ideas. The ancient Egyptians developed picture writing to a refined art. Hieroglyphs (pictures) of objects such as birds, animals, trees, and tools represented phrases, words, syllables,
hieroglyphicsAncient Egyptians had three different writing systems. The oldest, best known, and most difficult to read is called hieroglyphics. The word, which means “sacred carving,” was used by Greeks who saw the script on temple walls and public monuments. The Greeks were somewhat mistaken in their
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
HIEROGLYPHICS Greek term meaning “sacred carvings,” referring to the pictographic symbols used in ancient Egyptian writing. Normally hieroglyphs were carved in stone, though sometimes they were written with pen on papyrus. These picture-symbols consisted in both ideograms (representing an entire word
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
HIEROGLYPH. Hieroglyphic writing is a pictographic form of writing used in Egypt beginning in the 27th cent. bce.Vanni/Art Resource, NYFigure 1: Doorway. Hypostyle Hall II. Medinet Habu, Thebes, Egypt.It was used as late as the Greek period for the decoration of temples and other stone monuments.