track·​way | \ ˈtrak-ˌwā How to pronounce trackway (audio) \

Definition of trackway

1 : a beaten or trodden path
2 : a series of fossil footprints (as of a dinosaur)

Examples of trackway in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fossils were first discovered in 2015 during excavations of a mining trackway running next to the site of Malapa in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, near Johannesburg. Hannah Ryan, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 In December, the longest trackway of fossil human footprints was announced by Matthew R. Bennett and colleagues. Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Dec. 2020 In at least three points along the way, tiny footprints join the main trackway, evidence of a child less than three years old. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, 15 Oct. 2020 The trackway consists of more than 400 human prints, including several tiny child prints, as described in a new study published in Quaternary Science Reviews. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, 15 Oct. 2020 The routes include part of the Icknield Way, an ancient trackway in eastern and southern England, which some scholars believe to be prehistoric. Emma Batha, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Nov. 2020 Both a giant sloth and a mammoth ambled across the humans’ path, the trackway reveals. Katherine Kornei, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2020 The behavior recorded in the trackway is perhaps not surprising, Harcourt-Smith says. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, 15 Oct. 2020 The second trackway was potentially made by the same species — or even the same individual — soon after the first was made but this time the track-maker used a different type of gait and moved a bit faster up the dune slope. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, 24 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of trackway

1818, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Trackway.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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