Molasse

noun

Mo·​lasse
məˈläs
plural -s
: a series of fossiliferous sedimentary deposits in and near Switzerland that are chiefly of Miocene age but include some Upper Oligocene beds

Word History

Etymology

French, perhaps alteration of mollasse soft, from mou (after Italian mollaccio soft: molle soft, from Latin mollis), from Latin mollis

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“Molasse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Molasse. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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