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massif

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noun mas·sif \ma-ˈsēf\

Definition of massif

  1. 1 :  a principal mountain mass

  2. 2 :  a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults or flexures and displaced as a unit without internal change



Origin of massif

French, from massif, adjective, from Middle French, alteration of Old French massiz


First Known Use: 1873


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