One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person skilled at making sundials and in the art of dialling.
2Art. An artist skilled at using shading to convey perspective.
3Medicine. A person skilled in the use of X-rays; = "radiographer". Now chiefly historical.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in William Leybourn (1626–1716). From ancient Greek σκιά shadow + -grapher, after skiagraphy and Hellenistic Greek σκιαγράϕος (later σκιογράϕος, attested in variant readings in the Septuagint) perspective-painter, scene-painter.
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