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pictograph

[pik-tuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈpɪk təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
noun
1.
a pictorial sign or symbol.
2.
a record consisting of pictorial symbols, as a prehistoric cave drawing or a graph or chart with symbolic figures representing a certain number of people, cars, factories, etc.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Latin pict(us) painted (see picture) + -o- + -graph
Related forms
pictographic
[pik-tuh-graf-ik] /ˌpɪk təˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
pictographically, adverb
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Examples from the web for pictograph
  • The ventilation controls themselves are neat, featuring a human pictograph for choosing where the flow of air should be directed.
  • The teacher holds up a pictograph card and calls out the name of what is pictured.
  • After predictions for each pictograph, write the correct meaning under its pictograph.
  • Be sure to show the students how to complete each type of graph by using a pictograph, bar graph, and line graph.
  • Rock art panel: a group of pictograph and/or petroglyph figures.
  • Introduce students to collecting and recording data with a pictograph.
  • Early explorers and pioneers also made petroglyphs pictograph: a picture representing a word or idea, a hieroglyph.
British Dictionary definitions for pictograph

pictograph

/ˈpɪktəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
noun
1.
a picture or symbol standing for a word or group of words, as in written Chinese
2.
a chart on which symbols are used to represent values, such as population levels or consumption
Derived Forms
pictographic (ˌpɪktəˈɡræfɪk) adjective
pictography (pɪkˈtɒɡrəfɪ) noun
Word Origin
C19: from Latin pictus, from pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for pictograph
n.

"picture or symbol representing an idea," 1851, from Latin pictus "painted," past participle of pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)) + -graph "something written." First used in reference to American Indian writing. Related: Pictography.

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