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petroglyph

[ pe-truh-glif ]
/ ˈpɛ trəˌglɪf /
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noun
a drawing or carving on rock, made by a member of a prehistoric people.
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Also called petrograph.

Origin of petroglyph

From the French word pétroglyphe, dating back to 1865–70. See petro-1, glyph

OTHER WORDS FROM petroglyph

pet·ro·glyph·ic, adjectivepe·trog·ly·phy [pi-trog-luh-fee], /pɪˈtrɒg lə fi/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for petroglyph

petroglyph
/ (ˈpɛtrəˌɡlɪf) /

noun
a drawing or carving on rock, esp a prehistoric one

Word Origin for petroglyph

C19: via French from Greek petra stone + gluphē carving
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