caprock

noun

cap·​rock ˈkap-ˌräk How to pronounce caprock (audio)

Examples of caprock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The cave's walls are vertically fluted where rainwater has seeped through the caprock over time, widening the rock joints and washing out the void space below. Greg Brick, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 Lubbock, with its elevation reaching to some 3,400 feet, sits high atop caprock tableland that tapers slowly to the southeast toward Fort Worth and Dallas. Mary Ann Anderson, Twin Cities, 20 July 2019 Natural arches typically form where a layer of hard caprock lies on top of a softer stone, like limestone. Ken Jennings, CNT, 26 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caprock was in 1859

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“Caprock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caprock. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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