slick·​rock ˈslik-ˌräk How to pronounce slickrock (audio)
: smooth wind-polished rock

Examples of slickrock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The final descent hugged a handlebar-scraping wall and plummeted down two slickrock slabs as steep as playground slides. Peter Rubin, Longreads, 10 Nov. 2022 Very difficult This wild route drops off the remote North Rim through an abundance of cactus flowers before heading into slickrock scrambling. Outside Online, 10 Aug. 2022 Plan for at least four days, during which you’ll be flanked by red sandstone cliffs and camp on sandy beaches or slickrock ledges, depending on the water level. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 1 Aug. 2022 Showers and thunderstorms are expected, and excessive runoff may result in debris flows on burn scars and flooding in slot canyons, normally dry washes, slickrock areas and other low-lying, flood-prone locations. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Aug. 2022 The area is famous for its slickrock cycling trails and red-rock canyons. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 19 July 2020 This town has the best high-desert trail riding this side of Moab, with plenty of comparable sandstone slickrock, and because the network is as diffuse and intricate as a spiderweb, overcrowding isn’t an issue. Aaron Gulley, Outside Online, 2 Feb. 2017 The trail is sometimes in the creek, sometimes on ledges above and sometimes slipping over slickrock, all the while crossing from bank to bank with no particular agenda. Mare Czinar, The Arizona Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 Just outside the park, however, incredible singletrack and slickrock playgrounds await. Shawnté Salabert, Outside Online, 19 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of slickrock was in 1925

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Cite this Entry

“Slickrock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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