pictographic

pictograph

[pik-tuh-graf, -grahf]
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:
1850–55; < Latin pict(us) painted (see picture) + -o- + -graph

pictographic [pik-tuh-graf-ik] , adjective
pictographically, adverb
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pictograph (ˈpɪktəˌɡrɑːf, -ˌɡræf)
 
n
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
 
[C19: from Latin pictus, from pingere to paint]
 
pictographic
 
adj
 
pictography
 
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pictograph
"picture or symbol representing an idea," 1851, from L. pictus "painted" (see paint) + -graph. First used in ref. to Amer.Indian writing.
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