The Hieroglyphic alphabet – Uniliterals

Below you can find a breakdown of the Hieroglyphic alphabet as defined by Gardiner. These symbols, known as uniliterals are the simplest Hieroglyphs which have a single western charter to which they can be transliterated.

There is a simpler version of this chart here which is ideal for kids!


Hieroglyph Represents Symbol
󳮮 A egyptian vulture
󳼲 i reed
󴪔 y pair of strokes, river
󳛆 a arm
󳰎 w quail chick
󳛳 b lower leg
󴑬 p reed mat, stool
󳷝 f horned viper
󳯑 m owl
󴂿 n ripple of water
󳚢 r mouth
󴅤 h reed shelter, enclosure
󴣺 H twisted wick, rope
󴫙 x placenta
󳪱 X animal belly with udder or tail
󴇟 z door bolt, lock
󴗛 s folded cloth, linen
󴃉 S garden pool, basin
󴂫 q slope of a hill
󴤆 k basket with handle
󴦪 g jar stand
󴨿 t bun, bread
󴣔 T tethering rope
󳛐 d hand
󳷡 D cobra
󴪛 W coil of rope
󴫴 M unknown (i̓m)
󴖤 N crown of Lower Egypt
󳝭 R mouth, lips
󴘓 K head cover
󳣍 l recumbent lion
󳼳 i-i reeds, pair of