sub·​aer·​i·​al ˌsəb-ˈer-ē-əl How to pronounce subaerial (audio)
: situated, formed, or occurring on or immediately adjacent to the surface of the earth
subaerial erosion
subaerial roots
ˌsəb-ˈer-ē-ə-lē How to pronounce subaerial (audio)

Examples of subaerial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web San Juan is right on the margin’s edge, so evidence of subaerial features was a little surprising. Jeffrey Marlow, Discover Magazine, 5 July 2016 Home Reef is a submarine caldera that has a history of eruptions that produce subaerial ash plumes and ephemeral islands made of pyroclastic material like pumice. Erik Klemetti, Discover Magazine, 22 Aug. 2012 Submarine areas under US control out to the 200 mile limit are equal to the subaerial land area of this great nation, and yet the seabed resources have yet to be explored and inventoried. Brian Romans, WIRED, 8 Oct. 2009

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Word History

First Known Use

1726, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of subaerial was in 1726

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“Subaerial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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