mo·​raine | \ mə-ˈrān How to pronounce moraine (audio) \

Definition of moraine

: an accumulation of earth and stones carried and finally deposited by a glacier

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Other Words from moraine

morainal \ mə-​ˈrā-​nᵊl How to pronounce moraine (audio) \ adjective
morainic \ mə-​ˈrā-​nik How to pronounce moraine (audio) \ adjective

Examples of moraine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Landscapes around the building will be designed to resemble those of a glacial moraine, where vegetation takes root on contours smoothed by receding ice. Steven Litt, cleveland, 9 Jan. 2022 The small island, measuring roughly 30 meters across and a peak of about three metres, consists of seabed mud as well as moraine -- soil and rock left behind by moving glaciers. CNN, 28 Aug. 2021 Lion’s Head, a section of Class III-IV whitewater that cascades between towering cliffs and the Matanuska Glacier’s terminal moraine, is particularly scenic and thrilling. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 The center is built on the edge of Portage Lake on the moraine left by the receding Portage Glacier in 1914. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, 28 June 2021 Park at 75 Kendrick Road, East Harwich. Babes in the (Beebe) Woods Owned by the Town of Falmouth, this 388-acre woodland sits atop a glacial moraine that stretches from Woods Hole to the Cape Cod Canal., 7 July 2021 Most climbing parties overnight on the moraine flats near Helen Lake and make their summit pushes from there, setting out in the middle of the night. Gregory Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 May 2021 For decades, people have used Jeeps and other off-road vehicles to reach the rocky moonscape of the glacial moraine via the Jim Creek area, on the north side of the valley, according to a history of the area. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 1 Apr. 2021 Soils here are a complex mix of limestone, loess, granite, clay, gravel banks (both riverine and glacial moraine), sand and decomposed volcanics. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of moraine

1783, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for moraine

French, from French dialect (Savoy) morêna

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“Moraine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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mo·​raine | \ mə-ˈrān How to pronounce moraine (audio) \

Kids Definition of moraine

: a pile of earth and stones left by a glacier

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