[ aw-roj-uh-nee, oh-roj- ]

  1. the process of mountain making or upheaval.

Origin of orogeny

First recorded in 1885–90; oro-1 + -geny
  • Also called or·o·gen·e·sis [awr-uh-jen-uh-sis, or-uh-]. /ˌɔr əˈdʒɛn ə sɪs, ˌɒr ə-/.

Other words from orogeny

  • or·o·gen·ic [awr-uh-jen-ik, or-uh-], /ˌɔr əˈdʒɛn ɪk, ˌɒr ə-/, or·o·ge·net·ic, adjective

Words Nearby orogeny

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British Dictionary definitions for orogeny


orogenesis (ˌɒrəʊˈdʒɛnɪsɪs)

/ (ɒˈrɒdʒɪnɪ) /

  1. the formation of mountain ranges by intense upward displacement of the earth's crust, usually associated with folding, thrust faulting, and other compressional processes

Derived forms of orogeny

  • orogenic (ˌɒrəʊˈdʒɛnɪk) or orogenetic (ˌɒrəʊdʒɪˈnɛtɪk), adjective
  • orogenically or orogenetically, adverb

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Scientific definitions for orogeny


[ ô-rŏjə-nē ]

  1. The process of mountain formation, especially by folding and faulting of the Earth's crust and by plastic folding, metamorphism, and the intrusion of magmas in the lower parts of the lithosphere. Unlike epeirogeny, orogeny usually affects smaller regions and is associated with evidence of folding and faulting. The long chains of mountains often seen on the edges of continents form through orogeny.

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