Hieroglyphics

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Hieroglyphics Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Hieroglyphics Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


Hieroglyphs (or Hieroglyphics) are a type of writing which use symbols or pictures to stand for sounds and words. The Egyptians, Luwians and Mayan cultures are among those who used hieroglyphs. They have also been found in Turkey, Crete, United States and Canada. They are thought to have started when pictures were used to tell stories on pots and other artwork. Over time they became letters. The word hieroglyph comes from the Greek words ἱερός (hierós 'sacred') and γλύφειν (glúphein 'to carve' or 'to write'), and was first used to mean the Egyptian hieroglyphs. The Greeks who came to Egypt saw the picture letters which were often found carved on house walls, tombs, and monuments.

Ancient Egyptians used pictures to make a phonetic alphabet, so that each sound could be written with a picture-word, a phonogram or pictograph. For example, a zig-zag for water



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  • Raiders of the Lost Sarcophagus: Cambridgeshire auctioneer amazed to find ancient Egyptian coffin in seaside house
    26/08/14 Egyptian coffin 26/08/14 Ancient Egyptian coffin top painted with hieroglyphics. It was in a house undergoing renovation and the coffin was leaning in a corner covered in dust and cobwebs. The only access was through a hole in the outside wall. Read more on this news related to 'Hieroglyphics'
  • Egyptian coffin lid sold for £12,000 at auction
    26/08/14 Egyptian coffin 26/08/14 Ancient Egyptian coffin top painted with hieroglyphics. It was in a house undergoing renovation and the coffin was leaning in a corner covered in dust and cobwebs. The only access was through a hole in the outside wall. Read more on this news related to 'Hieroglyphics'
  • Review & Photos: Hiero Day 2014
    Deltron 3030’s unannounced set at Hiero Day 2014—the annual hip-hop festival presented by Oakland’s long-standing Hieroglyphics crew—began with an exultant gesture. Deltron Zero—the alter-ego of Del the Funky Homosapien—placed a skateboard center stage, then careened his way through the epic “3030,” beats thickened by a live band and busied by dizz Read more on this news related to 'Hieroglyphics'

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