an·​ti·​cli·​nal ˌan-ti-ˈklī-nᵊl How to pronounce anticlinal (audio)
: occurring at right angles to the surface or circumference of a plant organ
an anticlinal pattern of cell walls

Examples of anticlinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The lanky Texas geologist, who had spent his early years prospecting for oil in South America, just knew that uranium was hidden where nobody was looking, deep in the same kind of anticlinal or archlike formations that yielded oil. Aaron Robinson, Car and Driver, 27 July 2017

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Word History


anti- + Greek klinein to lean — more at lean

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anticlinal was in 1879

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“Anticlinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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