[ dahy-uh-peer ]
/ ˈdaɪ əˌpɪər /

noun Geology.

a dome, or anticline, the upper regions of which have been ruptured and penetrated by material squeezed up from below.Compare plume(def 10), salt dome.

Nearby words

  1. diaphysectomy,
  2. diaphysial aclasis,
  3. diaphysial dysplasia,
  4. diaphysis,
  5. diaphysitis,
  6. diapophysis,
  7. diapositive,
  8. diapsid,
  9. diarbekr,
  10. diarch

Origin of diapir

1915–20; < French, said to be < Greek diapeírein to drive through, pierce; dia- dia- + peírein to pierce

Related formsdi·a·pir·ic [dahy-uh-pir-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˈpɪr ɪk/, adjective

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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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Science definitions for diapir


[ dīə-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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