[ dahy-uh-peer ]
/ ˈdaɪ əˌpɪər /
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Origin of diapir
1915–20; <French, said to be <Greek diapeírein to drive through, pierce; dia-dia- + peírein to pierce
OTHER WORDS FROM diapirdi·a·pir·ic [dahy-uh-pir-ik], /ˌdaɪ əˈpɪr ɪk/, adjective
Words nearby diapir
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British Dictionary definitions for diapir
/ (ˈdaɪəˌpɪə) /
geology an anticlinal fold in which the brittle overlying rock has been pierced by material, such as salt, from beneath
Word Origin for diapir
C20: from Greek diapeirainein to make holes through, pierce
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Scientific definitions for diapir
[ dī′ə-pîr′ ]
A fold or dome, such as an anticline, in which the upper strata of sediment or rock have been ruptured by the upward movement of more plastic rock, such as a body of salt, gypsum, or lava.
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