anticline

noun
an·ti·cline | \ˈan-ti-ˌklīn \

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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cross section of strata showing anticline

First Known Use of anticline

1845, in the meaning defined above

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