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noun
Geology. a large mass of rock thrust a considerable distance along a nearly horizontal fault plane or in an overturned anticlinal fold.
Geometry. one of the two equal sections of a cone.
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Origin of nappe

1905–10, Americanism;<French: literally, tablecloth, cloth; Old French nappe, nape<Latin mappa;cf. napkin
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British Dictionary definitions for nappe

nappe
/ (næp) /

noun
a large sheet or mass of rock, commonly a recumbent fold, that has been thrust from its original position by earth movements
the sheet of water that flows over a dam or weir
geometry either of the two parts into which a cone (sense 2) is divided by the vertex

Word Origin for nappe

C20: from French: tablecloth
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