terrigenous

adjective
ter·​rig·​e·​nous | \ te-ˈri-jə-nəs How to pronounce terrigenous (audio) , tə- \

Definition of terrigenous

: being or relating to oceanic sediment derived directly from the destruction of rocks on the earth's surface

Examples of terrigenous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For those interested in the transfer of terrigenous sediment (i.e., derived from continent) to the deep sea, this situation has some interesting implications regarding transport mechanisms. Brian Romans, WIRED, "Sea-Floor Sunday #25: West African continental margin," 13 July 2008

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First Known Use of terrigenous

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terrigenous

Latin terrigena earthborn, from terra earth + gignere to beget — more at kin

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The first known use of terrigenous was in 1882

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“Terrigenous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terrigenous. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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