roche moutonnée

roche moutonnée
roche mou•ton•née
[[t]ˈroʊʃ ˌmut nˈeɪ[/t]] n.
gel a rounded, glacially eroded rock outcrop, usu. one of a group, resembling a sheep's back
Etymology: 1835–45; < F: lit., fleecy rock

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • Roche moutonnée — ● Roche moutonnée roche en forme de mamelon, usée et polie par le frottement d un glacier …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • roche moutonnée — [rō̂sh mo͞o tō̂ nā′] [Fr, sheep shaped rock] n. Geol. a bare hummock of rock, usually smoothed on the upstream side and grooved on the other by glacial action …   English World dictionary

  • Roche moutonnée — In glaciology, a roche moutonnée (or sheepback) is a rock formation created by the passing of a glacier. When a glacier erodes down to bedrock, it can form tear drop shaped hills that taper in the direction of flow.The appearance of the erosional …   Wikipedia

  • roche moutonnée — /rohsh mooht n ay /; Fr. /rddawsh mooh taw nay /, Geol. a rounded, glacially eroded rock outcrop, usually one of a group, resembling a sheep s back. Also called sheepback rock. [1835 45; < F: glaciated rock, lit., fleecy rock] * * * ▪ geology… …   Universalium

  • roche moutonnée — noun (plural roches moutonnées) Etymology: French, literally, fleecy rock Date: 1843 an elongate rounded ice sculptured hillock of bedrock …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • roche moutonnee —    A small elongate protruding knob or hillock of bedrock, so sculptured by a large glacier as to have its long axis oriented in the direction of ice movement, an upstream (stoss or scour) side that is gently inclined, smoothly rounded, and… …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • roche moutonnée — [ˌrɒʃ mu: tɒneɪ] noun (plural roches moutonnées pronunciation same) Geology a small bare outcrop of rock shaped by glacial erosion, with one side smooth and gently sloping and the other steep, rough, and irregular. Origin C19: Fr., lit. fleecy… …   English new terms dictionary

  • roche moutonnée — /rɔʃ mutəˈneɪ/ (say rawsh moohtuh nay) noun (plural roches moutonnées /rɔʃ mutəˈneɪ/ (say rawsh moohtuh nay)) a knob or rock rounded and smoothed by glacial action. {French} …  

  • roche moutonnée —   n. n. (pl.    ♦ roches moutonnées pron. same) sheep like rock ; rock rounded by glacial action …   Dictionary of difficult words

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