orog·​ra·​phy ȯ-ˈrä-grə-fē How to pronounce orography (audio)
: a branch of physical geography that deals with mountains

Examples of orography in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The tricky orography narrows the options for safe landing-approaches, meaning that Santa Lucía’s new runways wouldn’t arithmetically increase traffic capacity because flight paths would overlap with Benito Juárez. Mary Anastasia O’Grady, WSJ, 25 Nov. 2018 From the measurements taken during the field trip with Ms. Ermirio, the students will design a three-dimensional orography of the area. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, 6 June 2017

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Word History


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First Known Use

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orography was circa 1846

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“Orography.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orography. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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