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molasse

noun
  1. a soft sediment produced by the erosion of mountain ranges after the final phase of mountain building
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Word Origin for molasse

C18: from French, perhaps alteration of mollasse, from Latin mollis soft
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Historical Examples of molasse

  • In some places a decided agreement of the fossil fishes of the molasse and faluns has been observed.

    A Manual of Elementary Geology

    Charles Lyell.