an·​ti·​cli·​nal | \ ˌan-ti-ˈklī-nᵊl How to pronounce anticlinal (audio) \

Definition of anticlinal

: 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, "2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Crew Cab Diesel," 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of anticlinal

1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anticlinal

anti- + Greek klinein to lean — more at lean

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“Anticlinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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