terrigenous

adjective ter·rig·e·nous \ te-ˈri-jə-nəs , tə- \

Definition of terrigenous

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

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Origin and Etymology of terrigenous

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


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