a combining form denoting a process or form of drawing, writing, representing, recording, describing, etc., or an art or science concerned with such a process:
biography; choreography; geography; orthography; photography.
combining form
indicating a form or process of writing, representing, etc: calligraphy, photography
indicating an art or descriptive science: choreography, oceanography

word-forming element meaning “process of writing or recording” or “a writing, recording, or description,” from French or German -graphie, from Greek -graphia “description of,” from graphein “write, express by written characters,” earlier “to draw, represent by lines drawn,” originally “to scrape, scratch” (on clay tablets with a stylus), from PIE root *gerbh- “to scratch, carve” (see carve). In modern use, especially in forming names of descriptive sciences.

-graphy suff.


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