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 The conveyor belt action also builds up a hill of gravel that surrounds its end, called a terminal moraine. National Geographic, "Microplastics found near Everest’s peak, highest ever detected in the world," 20 Nov. 2020 On a bed of ice cubes, oysters puddle in their shells next to a sliding pinkish moraine of shrimp. David Roth, The New Republic, "How Don Jr. Became the Future of Trumpism," 27 Oct. 2020 Today, Sarn Badrig is the name of a reef formed by the remains of a glacial moraine. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Section of Petrified Forest Uncovered on Wales Beach After Storm," 15 Sep. 2020 Icebergs regularly break off from the glacier face, getting caught in this shallow moraine and along the shoreline. National Geographic, "Wild Alaska Escape: A Voyage from Juneau to Ketchikan," 17 June 2019 After a gondola and chairlift ride, followed by 90 minutes of marching uphill on grassy slopes, the trail contoured up the valley and onto the lateral moraine. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 These are lovely medial moraines, teardrop loops of black on white when viewed from far above. Anchorage Daily News, "Dirty glaciers all over the world," 16 Nov. 2019 Stay near the vast glacial moraine at the heart of Skaftafell National Park. National Geographic, "Iceland Expedition: Land of Fire and Ice," 15 Sep. 2019 Atop Svínafellsjökull, the tongue of one of Europe’s largest glaciers, explore chasms and crevasses sculpted by meltwater and see the moraine created by the glacier’s bulldozing power. National Geographic, "Iceland Hiking Adventure," 12 June 2019

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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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The first known use of moraine was in 1783

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30 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Moraine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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