geo·​mor·​phol·​o·​gy ˌjē-ə-mȯr-ˈfä-lə-jē How to pronounce geomorphology (audio)
plural geomorphologies
: a science that deals with the relief features of the earth or of another celestial body (such as the moon) and seeks an interpretation of them based on their origins and development
: the features dealt with in geomorphology
geomorphologist noun

Examples of geomorphology in a Sentence

the unique character of desert geomorphology
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First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of geomorphology was in 1893

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“Geomorphology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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