paleography

[ pey-lee-og-ruh-fee or, especially British, pal-ee- ]
/ ˌpeɪ liˈɒg rə fi or, especially British, ˌpæl i- /

noun

ancient forms of writing, as in documents and inscriptions.
the study of ancient writing, including determination of date, decipherment, etc.

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Origin of paleography

First recorded in 1810–20; paleo- + -graphy

OTHER WORDS FROM paleography

pa·le·og·ra·pher, nounpa·le·o·graph·ic [pey-lee-uh-graf-ik or, especially British, pal-ee-], /ˌpeɪ li əˈgræf ɪk or, especially British, ˌpæl i-/, pa·le·o·graph·i·cal, adjectivepa·le·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
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