a pictograph or hieroglyph.
a sculptured figure or relief carving.
Architecture. an ornamental channel or groove.

1720–30; < Greek glyph() carving, derivative of glýphein to hollow out

glyphic, adjective Unabridged
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glyph (ɡlɪf)
1.  a carved channel or groove, esp a vertical one as used on a Doric frieze
2.  rare another word for hieroglyphic
3.  any computer-generated character regarded in terms of its shape and bit pattern
[C18: from French glyphe, from Greek gluphē carving, from gluphein to carve]

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Word Origin & History

1727, from Fr. glyphe (1701), from Gk. glyphe "a carving," from glyphein "to hollow out, engrave, carve" (cognate with L. glubere "to peel, shell," and O.E. cleofan "to cleave").
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Example sentences
It was recently updated to match the particle glyphs described in the article.
Totalitarian glyphs and runes etched themselves in the minds of generations.
See the glyphs, carvings and paths, which are all constructed of stone.
These are loose, gawky glyphs of spiky, unidentifiable flora or fauna.
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