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petroglyph

[pe-truh-glif]
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noun
  1. a drawing or carving on rock, made by a member of a prehistoric people.
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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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Historical Examples

  • The large figure on the right reminds us of the human form of the petroglyph at Nanaimo.

    The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley

    Harlan Ingersoll Smith


British Dictionary definitions for petroglyph

petroglyph

noun
  1. a drawing or carving on rock, esp a prehistoric one
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Word Origin

C19: via French from Greek petra stone + gluphē carving
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Word Origin and History for petroglyph

n.

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

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