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slickenside

[ slik-uhn-sahyd ]

noun

, Geology.
  1. a rock surface that has become more or less polished and striated by slippage along a fault plane.


slickenside

/ ˈslɪkənˌsaɪd /

noun

  1. a rock surface with a polished appearance and fine parallel scratches caused by abrasion during fault displacement


slickenside

/ slĭkən-sīd′ /

  1. A polished, striated rock surface formed by one rock mass sliding over another in a fault plane.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of slickenside1

First recorded in 1760–70; slick + -en 3 + side 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of slickenside1

C18: from dialect slicken, variant of slick + side

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