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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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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