petroglyph

noun
pet·​ro·​glyph | \ ˈpe-trə-ˌglif How to pronounce petroglyph (audio) \

Definition of petroglyph

: a carving or inscription on a rock

Examples of petroglyph in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Walker cleaned it and discovered a petroglyph carved by an ancient ancestor — the first ever found there. Travel + Leisure, 15 Mar. 2022 Some of the damage is irreversible, though, because removing the spray paint or scratches would further damage the petroglyph underneath. Gina Rae La Cerva, Outside Online, 1 Feb. 2022 Certain mountains, springs, trees or petroglyph sites have always been sacred spaces for Native peoples — like churches or temples in other religions. Alison Steinbach, The Arizona Republic, 4 May 2018 There are about 12 notable petroglyph sites in Qatar, located mostly along the country's coasts -- though some carvings can even be seen in the heart of Doha's Al Bidda Par, overlooking the Corniche, a popular waterfront promenade. Dimitris Sideridis, CNN, 22 Nov. 2021 According to Fox 13, the petroglyph was etched sometime between 350 B.C. and 1300 A.D. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 Aug. 2021 Native peoples have always regarded certain places, like mountains, springs, particular groves of trees, rock formations or petroglyph sites as sacred spaces. USA Today, 17 Aug. 2021 Native peoples have always regarded certain places, like mountains, springs, particular groves of trees, rock formations or petroglyph sites as sacred spaces. USA Today, 17 Aug. 2021 Native peoples have always regarded certain places, like mountains, springs, particular groves of trees, rock formations or petroglyph sites as sacred spaces. USA Today, 17 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of petroglyph

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petroglyph

petro- + glyph, probably after hieroglyph

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“Petroglyph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petroglyph. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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