anticline

noun
an·​ti·​cline | \ ˈan-ti-ˌklīn How to pronounce anticline (audio) \

Definition of anticline

: an arch of stratified rock in which the layers bend downward in opposite directions from the crest — compare syncline

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Illustration of anticline

cross section of strata showing anticline

First Known Use of anticline

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Anticline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anticline. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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