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  1. rare of, relating to, or consisting of igneous rock, esp a basalt
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Word Origin for trappean

C19: from trap ³
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Historical Examples of trappean

  • Such masses are termed trappean agglomerate and trappean breccia.


    James Geikie

  • We first crossed more hills of the trappean conglomerate on which grew ironbark eucalypti and box.

  • We this day crossed several fine running streams and forests of box and bluegum growing on ridges of trappean conglomerate.

  • What is the difference between trappean breccia and trappean conglomerate?


    James Geikie

  • They never repose on the volcanic or trappean formations, nor on strata containing organic remains.