petroglyph [pe-truh-glif] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a drawing or carving on rock, made by a member of a prehistoric people.
Origin of petroglyph From the French word pétroglyphe, dating back to 1865–70. See, Also called . Related formspet·ro·glyph·ic, adjectivepe·trog·ly·phy [pi-trog-luh-fee] /pɪˈtrɒg lə fi/, noun Dictionary.com 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.
Harlan Ingersoll Smith
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) + glyphe “carving” (see ).
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