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

Examples of moraine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 To the north, the Tibet base camp is located below the terminal moraine of the Rongok Glacier. National Geographic, "Here's what it's like to live at Everest base camp," 16 May 2019 Interpretive signs detail the expanse where the ice once extended, leaving layers of forest, willow scrub, and loose moraine soil in its wake. National Geographic, "Want to scale glaciers on your next trip? Here’s some expert advice," 11 Mar. 2019 Forsberg returned to Norway for a race, while Jornet, Montaz-Rosset, and Sitaram set up on Everest’s north-side moraine. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 The prevalence of washboard terrain at lower elevations does tend to suggest the involvement of glaciers, but moraines are unlikely to account for the terrain. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Enigmatic ridges on Pluto may be the remains of vanished nitrogen glaciers," 17 Nov. 2018 The easiest explanation for a series of ridges like this would be a moraine, debris left behind at the edge of a glacier's furthest extent. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Enigmatic ridges on Pluto may be the remains of vanished nitrogen glaciers," 17 Nov. 2018

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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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27 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Moraine.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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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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