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outcrop

[ noun out-krop; verb out-krop ]
/ noun ˈaʊtˌkrɒp; verb ˌaʊtˈkrɒp /
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noun
Geology.
  1. a cropping out, as of a stratum or vein at the surface of the earth.
  2. the exposed portion of such a stratum or vein.
something that emerges suddenly or violently in the manner of an outcrop; outbreak: an outcrop of student demonstrations.
verb (used without object), out·cropped, out·crop·ping.
to crop out, as strata.
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Origin of outcrop

First recorded in 1760–70; noun use of verb phrase crop out
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British Dictionary definitions for outcrop

outcrop

noun (ˈaʊtˌkrɒp)
part of a rock formation or mineral vein that appears at the surface of the earth
an emergence; appearance
verb (ˌaʊtˈkrɒp) -crops, -cropping or -cropped (intr)
(of rock strata, mineral veins, etc) to protrude through the surface of the earth
another word for crop out
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Scientific definitions for outcrop

outcrop
[ outkrŏp′ ]

An area of visible bedrock that is not covered with soil.
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