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chorography

Line breaks: chor|og¦raphy
Pronunciation: /kɔːˈrɒɡrəfi
 
/

Definition of chorography in English:

noun

[mass noun] historical
The systematic description and mapping of particular regions.
Example sentences
  • ‘A topographic map that shows the chorography, a more detailed description or analysis of a region that gives the viewer a sense of place,’ said Robinson.
  • Lucia Nuti makes a clear distinction in her essay between renaissance geography and chorography.
  • John Dee defined chorography as ‘the practice of describing a territory or parcell of ground wherein it leaveth out… no notable, or odde thing, above the ground visible.’

Origin

mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek khōrographia, from khōra or khōros 'region'.

Derivatives

chorographer

1
noun
Example sentences
  • The interest in detail belongs to the field of the chorographer, whose precise description of a limited space concentrates on its quality, rather than quantity.
  • But most of the ‘chorographers’, as they called themselves, wrote about their own back yards: William Lambarde on Kent, Richard Carew on Cornwall, John Stow on London.
  • Like a portrait painter who takes pains with all the details of a face, the chorographer tries to catch the detailed architectural characteristics of a city or town.

chorographic

2
Pronunciation: /kɒrəˈɡrafɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • The latter vision predominated, often associated with religious symbolism and civic pride, while more accurate chorographic representations were mostly produced by outsiders or for military purposes.
  • The instruments were stored in wooden cabinets whose doors were decorated with chorographic maps of the world.
  • Just such a window opens in Sense and Sensibility, when, taking her leave of Norland, Marianne recites a chorographic prose poem in honor of the place.

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