diapir

noun

di·​a·​pir ˈdī-ə-ˌpir How to pronounce diapir (audio)
: an anticlinal fold in which a mobile core has broken through brittle overlying rocks
diapiric adjective

Word History

Etymology

French, probably from Greek diapeirein to drive through, from dia- + peirein to pierce; akin to Greek poros passage — more at fare

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of diapir was in 1918

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“Diapir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diapir. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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