orogeny

noun
orog·​e·​ny | \ ȯ-ˈrä-jə-nē How to pronounce orogeny (audio) \

Definition of orogeny

: the process of mountain formation especially by folding of the earth's crust

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Other Words from orogeny

orogenic \ ˌȯr-​ə-​ˈje-​nik How to pronounce orogeny (audio) \ adjective

Examples of orogeny in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But today’s most visible on-the-ground evidence of the colliding land masses are the mountain ranges running from Georgia to Maine that arose during the Appalachian orogeny. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 That continental smash-up is called the Alleghanian orogeny. Ken Jennings, CNT, 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of orogeny

1890, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orogeny

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The first known use of orogeny was in 1890

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“Orogeny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orogeny. Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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