cos·​mog·​ra·​phy | \ käz-ˈmä-grə-fē How to pronounce cosmography (audio) \
plural cosmographies

Definition of cosmography

1 : a general description of the world or of the universe
2 : the science that deals with the constitution of the whole order of nature

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Other Words from cosmography

cosmographer \ käz-​ˈmä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce cosmography (audio) \ noun
cosmographic \ ˌkäz-​mə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce cosmography (audio) \ or cosmographical \ ˌkäz-​mə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce cosmography (audio) \ adjective

Examples of cosmography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lovecraft, quite possibly insane, eschewed realism entirely for an astonishingly demented but powerful cosmography of ancient aliens preying upon the white man much as the white man had dominated others into the twentieth century. Siddhartha Deb, The New Republic, "Michel Houellebecq’s Fragile World," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of cosmography

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cosmography

Middle English cosmographie, from Late Latin cosmographia, from Greek kosmographia, from kosmos + -graphia -graphy

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“Cosmography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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