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rimrock

[rim-rok]
noun Geology.
  1. rock forming the natural boundary of a plateau or other rise.
  2. bedrock forming the natural boundary of a placer or of a gravel deposit.
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Origin of rimrock

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; rim + rock1
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Examples from the Web for rimrock

Historical Examples

  • We followed along the ledge around the rimrock until we came to a little pass through.

    Pluck on the Long Trail

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • On either side were brownish red jagged peaks and rimrock faces, specked with snow.

  • One after another they leaped over the edge of the rimrock until most of the flock was destroyed.

    The Story of Wool

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • The rimrock and the gravels above and below it constitute the Rattlesnake Formation.


British Dictionary definitions for rimrock

rimrock

noun
  1. rock forming the boundaries of a sandy or gravelly alluvial deposit
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