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Definition: Symbols that formed a language in ancient Egypt. Originally, a hieroglyph represented a concept or an idea, or a group of words. Eventually, one symbol stood for one letter or one sound. This progression later led to the development of an alphabet. Many hieroglyphs honored pharaohs and gods; others described ordinary life.

Related Resources:
Ancient Egypt
Find out more about the Land of the Nile.

How Did We Get the Alphabet?
See the role hieroglyphs played in the development of the alphabet

Elsewhere on the Web:
The Language of Hieroglyphs
See the symbols come alive

Write Your Name in Hieroglyphs
See what your name looks like

Send an Email in Hieroglyphs
Share the hieroglyphs with your friends

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