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yardang

[yahr-dahng] /ˈyɑr dɑŋ/
noun, Geology.
1.
a keel-shaped crest or ridge of rock, formed by the action of the wind, usually parallel to the prevailing wind direction.
Origin of yardang
earlier jardang, term introduced by Sven Hedin (1904); perhaps a compound with Uigur yar cliff, precipice, or a cognate Turkic word
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