Alpine structure

noun

: rock structure characterized by extensive overthrust faults and overturned folds

Word History

Etymology

so called from its prevalence in the Swiss Alps

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Alpine structure was in 1819

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“Alpine structure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Alpine%20structure. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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