: a genus (the type of the family Graphidaceae) of grayish white crustaceous lichens that occur on bark

Word History


New Latin, from Latin, drawing, design, from Late Greek, painting, embroidery, from Greek, stylus, from graphein to write; from the appearance of the apothecia

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near Graphis

Cite this Entry

“Graphis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!