variants or rupestral
: composed of rock : inscribed on rocks

Word History


New Latin rupestris rupestrian (from Latin rupes rock + -estris, as in terrestris terrestrial) + English -an or -al; akin to Latin rumpere to break

First Known Use

1809, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of rupestrian was in 1809

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“Rupestrian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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