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

Origin of geomorphology

First recorded in 1890–95; geo- + morphology
Related formsge·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)


the branch of geology that is concerned with the structure, origin, and development of the topographical features of the earth's surface
Derived Formsgeomorphological (ˌdʒiːəʊˌmɔːfəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) or geomorphologic, adjectivegeomorphologically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for geomorphology

1893, from geo- + morphology. Form geomorphy is from 1889. Related: Geomorphological; geomorphologically; geomorphologist.

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geomorphology in Science



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