Molasse

noun
Mo·​lasse | \ məˈläs \
plural -s

Definition of Molasse

: a series of fossiliferous sedimentary deposits in and near Switzerland that are chiefly of Miocene age but include some Upper Oligocene beds

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History and Etymology for Molasse

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 6 Jul. 2022.

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