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Meaning of MORAINE

Pronunciation:  mu'reyn

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  accumulated earth and stones deposited by a glacier

MORAINE is a 7 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: earth, glacier, ground



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Mo*raine"\, n. [F. Cf. Prov. G. mur stones broken off,
It. mora a heap of stones, hillock, G. m["u]rbe soft, broken
up, OHG. muruwi, AS. mearu tender, Gr. ? to cause to wither,
Skr. ml[=a] to relax.] (Geol.)
An accumulation of earth and stones carried forward and
deposited by a glacier. --Lyell.

Note: If the moranie is at the extremity of the glacier it is
      a terminal moranie; if at the side, a lateral moranie;
      if parallel to the side on the central portion of the
      glacier, a medial moranie. See Illust. of {Glacier}. In
      the last case it is formed by the union of the lateral
      moranies of the branches of the glacier. A ground
      moranie is one beneath the mass of ice.

 Definition: a glacial deposit (till) with a distinctive topographic expression. "Terminal moraines" mark episodes of stability or re-advance in a Period of overall glacial retreat. Moraines appear as hill or ridges marking original glacial limits.