First attested around 1598, a back-formation from hieroglyphic (1580s), from Middle French hiéroglyphique, from Late Latin hieroglyphicus, from Ancient Greek ἱερογλυφικός (Plutarch τά ἱερογλυφικά [γράμματα] "hieroglyphic [writing]), ἱερόγλυφος (Ptolemy), a compound of ἱερός and γλυφή, a calque of Egyptian mdw nṯr ("the god’s word"), nTr-md.
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