the branch of physical geography dealing with mountains.
Origin of orography
First recorded in 1840–50; oro-1
Related formsor·o·graph·ic [awr-uh-graf-ik, or-uh-] /ˌɔr əˈgræf ɪk, ˌɒr ə-/, or·o·graph·i·cal, adjectiveor·o·graph·i·cal·ly, adverb
Also called o·rol·o·gy [aw-rol-uh-jee, oh-rol-] /ɔˈrɒl ə dʒi, oʊˈrɒl-/
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Examples from the Web for orography
Historical Examples of orography
Ridges, rather than ranges, are the predominant feature of its orography.
The orography of the western coast of Hudson Bay is little known.
For orography and geology see an article by P. Verri in Boll.
While during the winter the state of the ice is of decisive importance, the orography of the land comes now into consideration.
Its orography gives rise to the presence of numerous rivers and streams, all of which are upon the Atlantic watershed.
British Dictionary definitions for orography
Derived Formsorographer or orologist, nounorographic (ˌɒrəʊˈɡræfɪk) or orological (ˌɒrəʊˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveorographically or orologically, adverb
the study or mapping of relief, esp of mountains
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