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 Itinerary for repeat visitors: For monkeys, pink dolphins and petroglyphs, head to Guaviare, an emerging tourist destination between the plains and the Amazon. Washington Post, "Why your next vacation should be in Colombia," 3 Jan. 2020 Hang a left and walk the 1.1-mile return leg that traces a ridgeline embellished with a major rock-art site and a wash with many more petroglyphs etched by the ancient Hohokam people who were active in the area from roughly 450 to 1450. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "This is one of Phoenix's best loved hikes. Here's why," 8 Jan. 2020 An old petroglyph was found during a survey in Sarkubeh Village in Iran, a site known for its abundant prehistoric rock carvings. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Investigating an Ancient Mystery: What Is the 'Mantis-Man'?," 18 Mar. 2020 One unfortunate consequence of the raid is that the Bureau of Land Management has closed off one of Tryon’s favorite stops on his tour, the six-foot tall ancient petroglyphs at Delmar Dry Lake. Jordan Runtagh,, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 Among the walls can be found a piece of stone known as a petroglyph. Laura Bednar, cleveland, "Independence opens historical homes for holiday tour," 2 Dec. 2019 Tour operators such as REI partner with Navajo guides to offer multi-night trips that include hikes to remote ruins and petroglyphs that day trippers cannot see. Heather Balogh Rochfort,, "Take a tour of this canyon for a less-crowded, more in-depth experience than at Mesa Verde," 17 Sep. 2019 Set off on foot into the West Maui Mountains in search of mysterious petroglyphs and secret waterfalls, along the way learning about the sustainable power generated by wind turbines installed on the mountain ridge. National Geographic, "Hawai‘i Middle School Expedition," 10 Sep. 2019 More than a decade ago, Zorro Ranch placed a vintage caboose on the trust land near a petroglyph site. Washington Post, "New Mexico official: Retake state land leased to Epstein," 29 Aug. 2019

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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