Origin of pericline

First recorded in 1825–35, pericline is from the Greek word periklīnḗs sloping on all sides Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for pericline


  1. a white translucent variety of albite in the form of elongated crystals
  2. Also called: dome a dome-shaped formation of stratified rock with its slopes following the direction of folding

Word Origin for pericline

C19: from Greek periklinēs sloping on all sides, from peri- + klinein to lean
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