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ventifact

[ ven-tuh-fakt ]
/ ˈvɛn təˌfækt /
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noun Geology.
a pebble or cobble that has been faceted, grooved, and polished by the erosive action of wind-driven sand.
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Origin of ventifact

First recorded in 1910–15; from Latin venti-, combining form of ventus “wind” (see origin at wind1) + factum “something made, deed” (see origin at fact); perhaps modeled on artifact
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British Dictionary definitions for ventifact

ventifact
/ (ˈvɛntɪˌfækt) /

noun
geology a pebble that has been shaped by wind-blown sand
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Scientific 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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