orog·​ra·​phy | \ȯ-ˈrä-grə-fē \

Definition of orography 

: a branch of physical geography that deals with mountains

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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, "Mexico’s Democracy Test," 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, "To Save Its Cliffside Towns, Italy Revives the Art of Terracing," 6 June 2017

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First Known Use of orography

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

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