petroglyph [pe-truh-glif] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for petroglyph Historical Examples of petroglyph

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

    The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley

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  • British Dictionary definitions for petroglyph petroglyph noun a drawing or carving on rock, esp a prehistoric one Word Origin for petroglyph C19: via French from Greek petra stone + gluphē carving Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Word Origin and History for petroglyph n.

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

    Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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