[ jee-uh-mawr-fol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌdʒi ə mɔrˈfɒl ə dʒi /


the study of the characteristics, origin, and development of landforms.

Origin of geomorphology

First recorded in 1890–95; geo- + morphology

Related forms

ge·o·mor·pho·log·i·cal [jee-uh-mawr-phuh-loj-i-kuh l] /ˌdʒi əˌmɔr phəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl/, ge·o·mor·pho·log·ic, adjectivege·o·mor·phol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for geomorphology


geomorphogeny (ˌdʒiːəʊmɔːˈfɒdʒənɪ)

/ (ˌdʒiːəʊmɔːˈfɒlədʒɪ) /


the branch of geology that is concerned with the structure, origin, and development of the topographical features of the earth's surface

Derived Forms

geomorphological (ˌdʒiːəʊˌmɔːfəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or geomorphologic, adjectivegeomorphologically, adverb
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Science definitions for geomorphology


[ jē′ō-môr-fŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of the formation, alteration, and configuration of landforms and their relationship with underlying structures.
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