ventifact

[ven-tuh-fakt]

noun Geology.

a pebble or cobble that has been faceted, grooved, and polished by the erosive action of wind-driven sand.

Nearby words

  1. vent window,
  2. ventage,
  3. ventail,
  4. ventana cave,
  5. venter,
  6. ventilate,
  7. ventilation,
  8. ventilation-perfusion scan,
  9. ventilationist,
  10. ventilative

Origin of ventifact

1910–15; < Latin venti- (combining form of ventus wind1) + factum something made (see fact); perhaps modeled on artifact

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British Dictionary definitions for ventifact

ventifact

noun

geology a pebble that has been shaped by wind-blown sand
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Science definitions for ventifact

ventifact

[vĕntə-făkt′]

A rock or pebble that has been shaped, polished, or faceted by wind-driven sand.
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