[ tuh-reyn, ter-eyn ]
/ təˈreɪn, ˈtɛr eɪn /

noun Geology.

any rock formation or series of formations or the area in which a particular formation or group of rocks is predominant.
Also terrain.

Origin of terrane

First recorded in 1815–25; spelling variant of terrain
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British Dictionary definitions for terrane



/ (ˈtɛreɪn) /


a series of rock formations, esp one having a prevalent type of rock
an allochthonous, fault-bounded section of the earth's crust

Word Origin for terrane

C19: see terrain
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