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massif

[ ma-seef, mas-if; French ma-seef ]
/ mæˈsif, ˈmæs ɪf; French maˈsif /
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noun

a compact portion of a mountain range, containing one or more summits.
a large elevated block of old complex rocks resistant to both erosion and crustal folding.
a band or zone of the earth's crust raised or depressed as a unit and bounded by faults.

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Origin of massif

1515–25; <French, noun use of massifmassive
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British Dictionary definitions for massif

massif
/ (ˈmæsiːf, French masif) /

noun

a geologically distinct mass of rock or a series of connected masses forming the peaks of a mountain range
a topographically high part of the earth's crust that is bounded by faults and may be shifted by tectonic movements
C19: from French, noun use of massif massive
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Scientific definitions for massif

massif
[ mă-sēf ]

A large mountain mass or compact group of connected mountains forming an independent portion of a range. A massif often consists of rocks that are more rigid than the surrounding rocks.
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