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Recent Examples on the Web The narrow path ascends through a fragrant mix of laurel sumac, sugar bush and oak and ends at the giant stone outcropping (with its birdlike ridge) overlooking the city. Matt Pawlik, Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Moises Tibau clambered aboard his small wooden boat at dawn, pushing off from a craggy outcropping in front of the house where Salvador Dalí composed some of his most famous Surrealist paintings. New York Times, 19 July 2022 The craggy outcropping — Tartupaluk in Inuit — lies between Canada’s Ellesmere Island and Greenland, an autonomous territory of Denmark. Amanda Coletta, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 Situated on a rocky outcropping within a natural harbor of the Mediterranean, the site of the palace served as a strategic outpost for the Republic of Genoa starting in the late 12th century. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 July 2022 After several years on the run, the wayward male Merino was discovered on April 14 hiding in an outcropping of rocks on Mount Edward — which has an elevation 6,765 feet — with almost double his weight in wool. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 Fones Cliffs, an unusual outcropping of white diatomaceous earth, is on the east side of the river in Richmond County on the Northern Neck of Virginia. Washington Post, 27 Mar. 2022 About 40 islands dot the gulf, one of which is an uninhabited rocky outcropping called Gavrinis. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2022 The findings suggested that Thomas had identified the right general area but the wrong specific outcropping as the source of the bluestones. Simon Akam, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of outcropping

1836, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for outcropping

outcrop entry 1 + -ing entry 1

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“Outcropping.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/outcropping. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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