Xylography

by Heather

Vest-Pocket Vocabulary

Xylog’raphy, n. engraving on wood.

Word in the Wild: The park ranger says carving your initials in trees isn’t xylography—it’s just vandalism.

Xylography refers to engravings in wood as well as the impressions made from them.  The term was used in the nineteenth century to distinguish wood-block printing from that using moveable type.

The etymology of this word is from the Greek  xylo, meaning wood, and graphy, meaning writing. If you think xylography sounds a little like xylophone, you’d be right. Xylophone = wood + sound.

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