petrogenesis

noun
pet·​ro·​gen·​e·​sis | \ ˌpe-trō-ˈje-nə-səs How to pronounce petrogenesis (audio) \

Definition of petrogenesis

: the origin or formation of rocks

Other Words from petrogenesis

petrogenetic \ ˌpe-​trō-​jə-​ˈne-​tik How to pronounce petrogenetic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of petrogenesis

1886, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for petrogenesis

borrowed from German Petrogenese or Petrogenesis, from petro- petro- + -genese, -genesis genesis

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The first known use of petrogenesis was in 1886

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“Petrogenesis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/petrogenesis. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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