adjective ru·pes·tri·an \rüˈpestrēən\
variants: or



Definition of rupestrian

  1. :  composed of rock :  inscribed on rocks

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Origin and Etymology of rupestrian

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

First Known Use: 1809

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a trip made at another's expense

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