plural -s
: a long narrow downward fold of the earth's crust that is postulated as an early phase in the process of the formation of a mountain range or an island arc

Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary tecto- (from Greek tektainein to frame, build, from tektōn carpenter, builder) + -gene

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“Tectogene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tectogene. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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