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  1. the science of physical geography.
  2. (formerly) geomorphology.
  3. the systematic description of nature in general.
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Origin of physiography

First recorded in 1820–30; physio- + -graphy
Related formsphys·i·og·ra·pher, nounphys·i·o·graph·ic [fiz-ee-uh-graf-ik] /ˌfɪz i əˈgræf ɪk/, phys·i·o·graph·i·cal, adjective
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Related Words for physiography

topography, geopolitics, geology, cartography, physiography, topology, chorography

Examples from the Web for physiography

Historical Examples of physiography

  • They belong especially in the branch of the science known as physiography.

    The Economic Aspect of Geology

    C. K. Leith

  • Remarks on the physiography, Eskimo, and mammals of Southampton Island.

  • Associated words: physiography, physiogony, connatural, connaturalness.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

  • It bears somewhat the same relation to the facts of human geography that a block diagram does to physiography.

  • The physiography of the state is the evident determinant of its climate, fauna and flora.

British Dictionary definitions for physiography


  1. another name for geomorphology, physical geography
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Derived Formsphysiographer, nounphysiographic (ˌfɪzɪəˈɡræfɪk) or physiographical, adjectivephysiographically, adverb
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physiography in Science


  1. See physical geography.
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