scarp


scarp

noun \ˈskärp\

Definition of SCARP

1
:  the inner side of a ditch below the parapet of a fortification
2
a :  a line of cliffs produced by faulting or erosion — see fault illustration
b :  a low steep slope along a beach caused by wave erosion
scarped adjective

Examples of SCARP

  1. <years of violent ocean storms had heavily eroded the beach, creating a scarp along one end of it>

Origin of SCARP

Italian scarpa
First Known Use: 1589

Other Geology Terms

anthracite, boulder, cwm, erratic, igneous, intrusive, mesa, sedimentary, silt, swale

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