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noun, plural py·rog·ra·phies for 2.
  1. the process of burning designs on wood, leather, etc., with a heated tool.
  2. a design made by this process.
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Origin of pyrography

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80; pyro- + -graphy
Also called py·ro·gra·vure [pahy-ruh-gruh-vyoo r, -grey-vyer] /ˌpaɪ rə grəˈvyʊər, -ˈgreɪ vyər/.
Related formspy·rog·ra·pher, nounpy·ro·graph·ic [pahy-ruh-graf-ik] /ˌpaɪ rəˈgræf ɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pyrography

Historical Examples

  • They learned that pyrography with a hot poker was very profitable.

    The Story of the Outlaw

    Emerson Hough

  • Jerry soaked all the labels off a cigar-box, and then burned a most beautiful inscription on the lid with his pyrography outfit.

    Us and the Bottleman

    Edith Ballinger Price

  • Zan, let's build her a bead-loom and after it is sand-papered smooth we will decorate it with pyrography work!

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp

    Lillian Elizabeth Roy

  • It has been used for pyrography and patterns, two hard places to fill, and for which few woods are suitable.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson

  • Pyrography, pī-rog′ra-fi, n. the art of producing a design on wood by applying heat and pressure.

British Dictionary definitions for pyrography


noun plural -phies
  1. the art or process of burning designs on wood or leather with heated tools or a flame
  2. a design made by this process
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Derived Formspyrographer, nounpyrographic (ˌpaɪrəʊˈɡræfɪk), adjective
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