outwash

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out·wash

noun \ˈat-ˌwsh, -ˌwäsh\

Definition of OUTWASH

:  detritus consisting chiefly of gravel and sand carried by running water from the melting ice of a glacier and laid down in stratified deposits

First Known Use of OUTWASH

1894

outwash

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Deposit of sand and gravel carried by running water from the melting ice of a glacier and laid down in stratified deposits. An outwash may be as much as 330 ft (100 m) thick at the edge of a glacier, and it may extend for many miles. Outwashes are the largest glacial deposits and provide a considerable source of windblown material.

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