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yardang

[ yahr-dahng ]
/ ˈyɑr dɑŋ /
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noun Geology.
a keel-shaped crest or ridge of rock, formed by the action of the wind, usually parallel to the prevailing wind direction.
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Origin of yardang

First recorded in 1900–05; earlier jardang, from Turkic yardang “steep cliff,” a term introduced by Swedish geographer Sven Hedin (1865–1952)
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How to use yardang in a sentence

  • The famous sphinx at Giza in Egypt may be a modified yardang.

    Deserts|A. S. Walker
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