moraine

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Moraine in Robanov Kot, Slovenia
 
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From French moraine, from Savoyard Italian morena, from Franco-Provençal mor, morre (muzzle, snout), from Vulgar Latin *murrum. Compare morion.

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moraine (plural moraines)

  1. (geology) An accumulation of rocks and debris carried and deposited by a glacier.
    • 1896, James Edward Todd, The Moraines of the Missouri Coteau, and Their Attendant Deposits, US Geological Survey, Bulletin No. 144, page 47,
      This fact is suggestive in connection with the question whether the moraines mark different epochs of the ice age or different stages in the recession of the ice of one epoch.
      This moraine, like the previous ones, influenced the drainage of the country. Several streams have evidently been located or directed by the influence of this moraine.
    • 1959, Robert David Miller, Ernest Dobrovolny, Surficial Geology of Anchorage and Vicinity, Alaska, US Geological Survey, Bulletin No. 1093, page 61,
      Whether this advance beyond the Elmendorf Moraine is a pre-Naptowne Wisconsin or is merely a fluctuation of the Naptowne glacier that deposited the end moraine is unclear.
    • 1997, Robert Phillip Sharp, Allen F. Glazner, Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley, Mountain Press Publishing, page 241,
      Moraines that originate along the lateral margins of an ice stream are naturally called lateral moraines. Many lateral moraines perch high on the walls of glaciated valleys.

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EtymologyEdit

From Savoyard Italian morena, from Franco-Provençal mor, morre (muzzle, snout), from Vulgar Latin *murrum.

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moraine f (plural moraines)

  1. moraine

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