Rupestrian

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Rupestrian

Postby Grogie » Thu Dec 15, 2005 3:17 pm

I saw this word at the venerable askoxford.com today. It refers to prehistoric art done on cave walls.

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Postby Stargzer » Fri Dec 16, 2005 1:09 pm

It seems there's more to it than meets the eye:

Grandiloquent Dictionary
rupestrian - ( )
Made out of rocks


Hutchinson's Dictionary of Difficult Words
rupestrian
n. made of, or written on, rock. rupestral, a. rupestrine, a. living on or in rocks.


The Phrontistery - A Dictionary of Obscure Words
rupestrian composed of rock; inscribed on rock


Luciferous Logolepsy
rupestrian
n. - made of, or written on, rock. rupestral, adj. rupestrine, adj. living on or in rocks.


My Cassell's French Dictionary has rupestre meaning Rupestral. (How's that for a circular reference? !!)

So, let's try our hand at Latin . . . AHA!!!!

rupes a rock, cliff


and also:

rūpes, is (collat. form rūpa . . .),

I. a rock; caverns, grottos; a cliff
Regards//Larry

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Postby Grogie » Fri Dec 16, 2005 3:30 pm

Thanks Larry. Wonderful information.


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