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[tuh-reyn, ter-eyn]
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noun Geology.
  1. any rock formation or series of formations or the area in which a particular formation or group of rocks is predominant.
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Also terrain.

Origin of terrane

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



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

C19: see terrain
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