petroglyph

[pe-truh-glif]
noun
a drawing or carving on rock, made by a member of a prehistoric people.
Also called petrograph.


Origin:
1865–70; < French pétroglyphe. See petro-1, glyph

petroglyphic, adjective
petroglyphy [pi-trog-luh-fee] , noun
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petroglyph (ˈpɛtrəˌɡlɪf)
 
n
a drawing or carving on rock, esp a prehistoric one
 
[C19: via French from Greek petra stone + gluphē carving]

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petroglyph
1870, from Fr. pétroglyphe, from Gk. petra "rock" + glyphe "carving."
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Example sentences
The petroglyph carved into stone two and a half millennia ago is a testament to the resilience of this cultural landscape.
Figures resembling bighorn sheep crowd many petroglyph panels.
The petroglyph rock art consists of carvings of human figures, animals and symbols.
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