cap rock

or cap·rock

noun Geology.
  1. a mass of anhydrite, gypsum, or limestone immediately above the salt of a salt dome.
  2. an impervious stratum overlying an oil- or gas-bearing structure.

Origin of cap rock

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for cap rock

Historical Examples of cap rock

  • Let's light out for the cap-rock an' hole up for a coupla days.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • By the time Wadley reached the rough country of the cap-rock, the young day was beginning to awaken.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • But when he saw yore son strike straight across country to the cap-rock, he trailed him to see where he was goin'.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • Overstreet could do as he pleased, but he intended to slap a saddle on his horse and make tracks for the cap-rock country.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine

  • The discussion renewed itself as soon as the outlaws had hidden themselves in a pocket of the cap-rock.

    Oh, You Tex!

    William Macleod Raine


British Dictionary definitions for cap rock

cap rock

noun
  1. a layer of rock that overlies a salt dome and consists of limestone, gypsum, etc
  2. a layer of relatively impervious rock overlying an oil- or gas-bearing rock
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