slight antedatings: "rupestrian"/ "rupestral"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 16 00:13:24 UTC 2009

In the nuance of "painted or inscribed on rocks or cave walls."  Customary
usage had applied only to growing things.

OED's 1896 ex. appears earlier in _Science_, Feb. 9, 1894, p. 81.  The same
journal a year earlier (Feb. 24, 1893), p. 104, has "The rupestrian writing
is of much more uncertain age."

"Rupestral" :

1888 Sir Robert Lambert Playfair _A Bibliography of Algeria_ (London: J.
Murray) 212: He...discovered several rupestral inscriptions.

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