Origin of petroglyph

From the French word pétroglyphe, dating back to 1865–70. See petro-1, glyph
Also called petrograph.
Related formspet·ro·glyph·ic, adjectivepe·trog·ly·phy [pi-trog-luh-fee] /pɪˈtrɒg lə fi/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for petroglyph


  1. 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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Word Origin and History for petroglyph

1870, from French pétroglyphe, from Greek petra "rock" (see petrous) + glyphe "carving" (see glyph).

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