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.

Nearby words

  1. petrodollars,
  2. petrog.,
  3. petrogenesis,
  4. petrogenetic,
  5. petrogeny,
  6. petrograd,
  7. petrogram,
  8. petrograph,
  9. petrographic,
  10. petrography

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

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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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Word Origin and History for petroglyph

petroglyph

n.

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

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