grapho-, graph-, -graph, -graphy, -grapher, -graphia

(Greek: to scratch; to write, to record, to draw, to describe; that which is written or described)

As indicated at the bottom of this page, there is a significantly large number of graphic word-entry groups in this unit. Such an extensive listing is provided to show how important the grapho- element is to the English language.

mimeograph
1. A machine that prints copies onto paper from an inked stencil rotated on a cylinder across the pages.
2. Etymology: "a copying machine", from about 1889, invented by Edison; from Greek mimeomai, "I imitate"; from mimos, "mime" + -graphos; from graphein, "to write".
mimeographic
A reference to, or a description of, the results of a machine that prints copies onto paper from an inked stencil rotated on a cylinder across the pages.
mimeography
1. An autographic stencil copying and processing procedure invented by Edison or the use of a machine that prints copies onto paper from an inked stencil rotated on a cylinder across the pages.
2. Literally: Greek mimeomai, “I imitate” + graph, “write”.

A machine for reproducing copies of written, drawn, or typewritten pages by means of a stencil placed around a drum containing ink.

mimographer
A writer of mimes.
mogigraphia
mogigraphic
mogigraphy
1. Physical difficulty in writing which may be a result of clumsiness of the fingers.
2. Difficult or cramped writing; writer’s cramp.

"Tennis players have their elbows, athletes have their feet, so what do writers get? They get their cramps. Mogigraphia is a fancy name for a writer's cramp.

Advanced writers go for a block. For the ultimate, we recommend carpal tunnel syndrome. A synonym of mogigraphia is graphospasm."

—Anu Garg, Wordsmith, wsmith@wordsmith.org
monograph
1. A scholarly article, paper, or book on a single topic or a single set of things or subjects.
2. A highly detailed and thoroughly documented study, or paper, written about a limited area of a subject or field of inquiry: "She wrote scholarly monographs about the etymology of English words."
3. An account of a single thing, or class of things; such as, of a species of organism.
monographic
1. A reference to a written work that deals with a subject systematically, and usually extensively, on some special subject in other areas of knowledge.
2. A scholarly book or a written presentation on a single subject or a group of related subjects, usually written by one person.
morphographic
A reference to the scientific description of forms or shapes.
morphographic map, physiographic diagram, landform map
A small-scale map showing landforms by the systematic application of a standardized set of simplified pictorial symbols that represent the appearance such forms would have if viewed obliquely from the air at an angle of about 45°.
morphographical
morphography
1. The description of forms, shapes, and structures of animals and plants.
2. Artistic, or descriptive, presentations of forms.
3. The classification of organisms by form and structure.
museographer
Someone who systematically describes the contents of museums.
museographic

Related "writing" word units: glypto-; gram-; scrib-, script-.