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
Then, heading up the canyon, he zigged to a corner to show us a string of
  thousand-year-old petroglyphs.
Petroglyphs are one of the earliest expressions of abstract thinking and are
  considered a hallmark of humanity.
The character of the petroglyphs is essentially savage.
Hiking trails take in ancient petroglyphs, high desert wildlife, and sandstone
  shrine used for meditation and concerts.
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