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1. A picture representing a word, phrase, or idea, especially one used in early writing systems.
2. A pictorial representation of numerical data or relationships, especially a graph, but having each value represented by a proportional number of pictures. In both senses also called pictogram.

[Latin pictus, past participle of pingere, to paint; see peig- in Indo-European roots + -graph.]

pic′to·graph′ic adj.
pic′to·graph′i·cal·ly adv.
pic·tog′ra·phy (pĭk-tŏg′rə-fē) n.

pic′ture writ`ing

a method or system of recording events or expressing ideas by pictures or pictorial symbols.


the use of pictorial symbols to communicate; picture writing with symbols that may be either ideographic or phonetic in function. — pictograph, n.pictographic, adj.
See also: Writing
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I must commend the authors at this point, for instead of always using the entire map, which can result in an image lacking clarity, exploded sections are included which reveal the use of pictography designed to carry context within the map.
The Writing-On-Stone shield bearing warrior's shield design (Figure 4) is readily identifiable as a dragonfly by its double wings and split tail, which are the most consistent characteristics of the motif when drawn in Plains pictography (Green 2012; Wissler 1907:32-39).
14) Assmann's notion of the scriptural turn does not only emphasize the passage from pictography to characters that had been noticed by William Warburton and Giambattista Vico before him, but most of all the passage from orality to literacy, which, in the study of religions, also has a systematic relevance because it serves as a category to distinguish primary religions characterized by cults of images from secondary ones that are founded on holy texts.
Allow students time online to research common pictography in Australian Aboriginal art.
It covers pictography and literature on Bahraini gardens throughout the century.