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 Santorum’s speech came a week after a white climber bolted over a petroglyph panel on the Sunshine Wall Slabs north of Arches National Park, and a day before an unidentified party defaced another with white supremacist phrases. Dr. Len Necefer, Outside Online, 7 May 2021 Not long before the Birthing Rock was vandalized, a climber fixed a series of bolts into a large petroglyph panel, also just outside of Moab. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 2 May 2021 Track Rock Gap is far from the only petroglyph site targeted by vandals in recent years. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Apr. 2021 The Zipper Glyph is the largest petroglyph at the Parowan Gap and has been interpreted in different ways. Leah Hogsten, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 Mar. 2021 On the western edge of Albuquerque, the monument encompasses one of North America’s largest petroglyph sites. Susan Montoya Bryan, USA TODAY, 31 Dec. 2020 The monument is home to more than 25,000 petroglyph images carved by Native Americans and Spanish settlers 400 to 700 years ago. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2020 Another figure that predominates in the Bronze Age engravings is the bull, which like the sun-god forms, can be seen at other petroglyph sites in the region. National Geographic, 8 Oct. 2020 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, 3 Jan. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'petroglyph.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of petroglyph

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petroglyph

petro- + glyph, probably after hieroglyph

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About petroglyph

Time Traveler for petroglyph

Time Traveler

The first known use of petroglyph was in 1854

See more words from the same year

Statistics for petroglyph

Cite this Entry

“Petroglyph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on petroglyph Encyclopedia article about petroglyph


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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