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turbidite

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noun tur·bi·dite \ˈtər-bə-ˌdīt\

Definition of turbidite

  1. :  a sedimentary deposit consisting of material that has moved down the steep slope at the edge of a continental shelf; also :  a rock formed from this deposit



Origin of turbidite

turbidity current (a current flowing down a slope and spreading out on the ocean floor) + 1-ite


First Known Use: 1957


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