cho·​rog·​ra·​phy | \ kə-ˈrä-grə-fē How to pronounce chorography (audio) \

Definition of chorography

1 : the art of describing or mapping a region or district
2 : a description or map of a region also : the physical conformation and features of such a region

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Other Words from chorography

chorographer \ kə-​ˈrä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce chorographer (audio) \ noun
chorographic \ ˌkȯr-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce chorographic (audio) , ˌkär-​ \ adjective

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The word chorography was borrowed in the 16th century from Latin chorographia, which in turn comes from Greek chōrographia, a combination of "chōros" ("place") and "graphia" ("writing"). Chorography was distinguished from geography in that the former was concerned with smaller regions and specific locations whereas the latter was concerned with larger regions or with the world in general. The maps and the art of mapping that once were the field of chorography have since passed into the spheres of geography and topography. As with the art it names, the word chorography is now primarily encountered in historical discussions of geography and cartography.

Examples of chorography in a Sentence

a detailed map of the region's chorography

First Known Use of chorography

1559, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chorography

Latin chorographia, from Greek chōrographia, from chōros place + -graphia -graphy

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“Chorography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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