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versant

[vur-suh nt]
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noun
  1. a slope of a mountain or mountain chain.
  2. the general slope of a country or region.
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Origin of versant

1850–55; < French, noun use of present participle of verser to turn < Latin versāre, frequentative of vertere to turn; see verse, -ant
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versant

noun
  1. rare the side or slope of a mountain or mountain range
  2. the slope of a region
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Word Origin

C19: from French, from verser to turn, from Latin versāre
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Word Origin and History for versant

n.

1640s, from Latin versantem (nominative versans), present participle of versare (see versus).

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