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physiography

[fiz-ee-og-ruh-fee]
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noun
  1. the science of physical geography.
  2. (formerly) geomorphology.
  3. the systematic description of nature in general.

Origin of physiography

First recorded in 1820–30; physio- + -graphy
Related formsphys·i·og·ra·pher, nounphys·i·o·graph·ic [fiz-ee-uh-graf-ik] /ˌfɪz i əˈgræf ɪk/, phys·i·o·graph·i·cal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for physiography

Historical Examples

  • They belong especially in the branch of the science known as physiography.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • Remarks on the physiography, Eskimo, and mammals of Southampton Island.

  • Associated words: physiography, physiogony, connatural, connaturalness.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • It bears somewhat the same relation to the facts of human geography that a block diagram does to physiography.

  • The physiography of the state is the evident determinant of its climate, fauna and flora.


British Dictionary definitions for physiography

physiography

noun
  1. another name for geomorphology, physical geography
Derived Formsphysiographer, nounphysiographic (ˌfɪzɪəˈɡræfɪk) or physiographical, adjectivephysiographically, adverb
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physiography in Science

physiography

[fĭz′ē-ŏgrə-fē]
  1. See physical geography.
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