congelifraction

[ kuhn-jel-uh-frak-shuhn ]
/ kənˌdʒɛl əˈfræk ʃən /

noun Geology.

the shattering or splitting of rock or frozen soil due to the action of frost.

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Origin of congelifraction

congelifract (<Latin congel(āre) (see congeal) + -i- + Latin fract(us) broken; see fracture) + -ion
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