fjord

or fiord

[ fyawrd, fyohrd; Norwegian fyohr, fyoor ]
/ fyɔrd, fyoʊrd; Norwegian fyoʊr, fyʊər /

noun

a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs: usually formed by glacial erosion.
(in Scandinavia) a bay.

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Origin of fjord

From Norwegian; see origin at firth

OTHER WORDS FROM fjord

fjordic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fjord

fjord

fiord

/ (fjɔːd) /

noun

(esp on the coast of Norway) a long narrow inlet of the sea between high steep cliffs formed by glacial action

Word Origin for fjord

C17: from Norwegian, from Old Norse fjörthr; see firth, ford
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Scientific definitions for fjord

fjord
[ fyôrd ]

A long, narrow, deep inlet from the sea between steep slopes of a mountainous coast. Fjords usually occur where ocean water flows into valleys formed near the coast by glaciers.
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