- produced by the earth.
- Geology. noting or pertaining to sediments on the sea bottom derived directly from the neighboring land, or to the rocks formed primarily by the consolidation of such sediments.
Origin of terrigenous
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- of or produced by the earth
- (of geological deposits) formed in the sea from material derived from the land by erosion
C17: from Latin terrigenus, from terra earth + gignere to beget
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- Derived from the land, especially by erosive action. Used primarily of shallow marine sediments.
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