a drawing or carving on rock, made by a member of a prehistoric people.
- Also called petrograph.
- pet·ro·glyph·ic, adjective
- pe·trog·ly·phy [pi-trog-luh-fee], /pɪˈtrɒg lə fi/, noun
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How to use petroglyph in a sentence
Our guides promise early on that we will see petroglyphs, pictographs and a massive natural dome that inspires as much awe as the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.Finding solace — and splashes aplenty — on Colorado’s Yampa River | Rachel Walker | August 4, 2022 | Washington Post
Vandals struck the petroglyphs in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.Swastikas and Racial Slurs Discovered on New Mexico’s La Cieneguilla Petroglyphs | abarronian | February 1, 2022 | Outside Online
Last month’s incident is at least the 50th time someone has vandalized a petroglyph in Big Bend National Park since 2015, and it’s the latest in a string of high-profile defacements that have occurred on public lands throughout the United States.A Visitor to Big Bend Damaged a 5,000-Year-Old Petroglyph Forever | cobrien | January 12, 2022 | Outside Online
A few weeks before that, a different panel had been bolted by a climber who mistook petroglyphs for graffiti.
A few miles up the road from Crescent Junction, petroglyphs from almost 2,000 years ago etch the cliffs near the roofless buildings of a tiny mining town abandoned in the middle of the last century.Once the Uranium Capital of the World, Moab, Utah, wants to unload its radioactive legacy | Sarah Scoles | September 9, 2021 | Popular-Science
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
a drawing or carving on rock, esp a prehistoric one
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