inselberg

noun in·sel·berg \ ˈin(t)-səl-ˌbərg , ˈin-zəl- , -ˌberg \

Definition of inselberg

plural inselbergs also inselberge play \ˈin(t)-səl-ˌbər-gə, ˈin-zəl-, -ˌber-gə\
:an isolated mountain

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Inselberg, which first appeared in English in 1913, comes from the German words Insel, meaning "island," and Berg, meaning "mountain," apparently because German explorers thought isolated mountains rising from the plains of southern Africa looked like islands in the midst of the ocean. Geologically speaking, an inselberg is a hill of hard volcanic rock that has resisted wind and weather and remained strong and tall as the land around it eroded away. Ayers Rock and Olga Rocks in central Australia are two spectacular examples of inselbergs. The word monadnock, derived from the name of Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, is a synonym of "inselberg."

Origin and Etymology of inselberg

German, from Insel island + Berg mountain


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