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a systematic, description and analysis of a region
Not to be confused with:
choreography – the art of arranging the movements, steps, and patterns of dancers
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1. The technique of mapping a region or district.
2. A description or map of a region.

[Latin chōrographia, from Greek khōrographiā : khōros, place; see ghē- in Indo-European roots + -graphiā, -graphy.]

cho·rog′ra·pher n.
cho′ro·graph′ic (kôr′ə-grăf′ĭk), cho′ro·graph′i·cal adj.
cho′ro·graph′i·cal·ly adv.
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npl -phies
1. (Physical Geography) the technique of mapping regions
2. (Physical Geography) a description or map of a region, as opposed to a small area
[C16: via Latin from Greek khōrographia, from khōros place, country + -graphy]
choˈrographer n
chorographic, ˌchoroˈgraphical adj
ˌchoroˈgraphically adv
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(kəˈrɒg rə fi, kɔ-, koʊ-)

n., pl. -phies.
a systematic description of regional geography, or the methods used to arrive at this.
[1550–60; < Latin chōrographia < Greek chōrographía=chōro-, comb. form of chṓra region + -graphia -graphy]
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1. a description, map, or chart of a particular region or area.
2. the art of preparing such descriptions or maps. — chorographer, n. — chorographic, adj.
See also: Maps
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The art or practice of drawing maps.
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Whereas Naufragios's plotting of Cabeza de Vaca's route by empirical measures had framed America as a prize awaiting access by an individual, separate, enterprising (European) "I"/eye, El largo atardeceres plotting of the route by communal, experiential, chorographic and (para)sensory measures frames America as a remedy for those who become physically and psychically one with the land and its people.
Post colonial visitation: A South Africa's dance and chorographic journey that faces up to the specters of 'development' and globalization.
Aguilar Cruz introduced me to the Velarde map, guiding me through its cartouche, in French, that stated it was a hydrographic and chorographic map depicting both bodies of water in relation to land arranged by regions.
(58) Descriptions of place--chorographies--also began to appear in poetry and prose: William Camden's Brittannia (1586) and Michael Drayton's Poly-Olbion (1612) both belong to this new genre of place, as does Stow's Survey of London (1598), which importantly marked the direction of cartographic and chorographic energies toward cities, London most of all.
His battle paintings fuse cartographic and chorographic views to create images that are part painting and part map.
Within the chorographic section that gives accounts of Holinshed as archipelagic history, Wales in particular is restored to visibility.
(21) Nowell's lengthy speeches on the correct behavior for Gresham and his companions give his audience a chorographic description of London and some of its inhabitants while also relating the potential good works of Gresham and his contemporaries to childrearing.
Anton van den Wyngaerde's chorographic city portraits and Pedro Esquivel's peninsular map are both described in Geoffrey Parker's Success is Never Final along with other state mapping practices in sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Spain (97-121).
This article theorizes the body's "resistance to normalizing power" (107) through an intermedial, chorographic practice, which relies on sound rather than sight to examine variations of embodiment within the performance of a site-specific audio walk.