1. Architecture A vertical groove, especially in a Doric column or frieze.
2. A symbolic figure that is usually engraved or incised.
3. A symbol, such as a stylized figure or arrow on a public sign, that imparts information nonverbally.
[Greekgluphē, carving, fromgluphein, to carve; see gleubh- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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