adjective Etymology: Latin terrigena earthborn, from terra earth + gignere to beget — more at kin Date: 1882 being or relating to oceanic sediment derived directly from the destruction of rocks on the earth's surface

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  • Terrigenous — Ter*rig e*nous, a. [L. terrigena, terrigenus; terra the earth + genere, gignere, to bring forth.] Earthborn; produced by the earth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • terrigenous — [te rij′ə nəs, tərij′ə nəs] adj. [L terrigenus < terra,TERRA + gignere, to be born: see GENUS] 1. earthborn 2. designating or of sea bottom sediment derived from the erosion of land …   English World dictionary

  • Terrigenous — In oceanography, terrigenous sediments are those derived from the erosion of rocks on land; that is, that are derived from terrestrial environments.(Pinet, 79) Consisting of sand, mud, and silt carried to sea by rivers, their composition is… …   Wikipedia

  • terrigenous — adj. produced by the earth or the land (terrigenous deposits). Etymology: L terrigenus earth born …   Useful english dictionary

  • terrigenous — /te rij euh neuhs/, adj. 1. produced by the earth. 2. Geol. noting or pertaining to sediments on the sea bottom derived directly from the neighboring land, or to the rocks formed primarily by the consolidation of such sediments. [1675 85; < L… …   Universalium

  • terrigenous — adjective (of a marine sediment) Derived from the erosion of land based rocks …   Wiktionary

  • terrigenous — produced on land; produced by the land Causation and Formation …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • terrigenous — [tɛ rɪdʒɪnəs] adjective Geology denoting marine sediment eroded from the land. Origin C17: from L. terrigenus (from terra earth + genus born ) + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • terrigenous — ter·rig·e·nous …   English syllables

  • terrigenous — ter•rig•e•nous [[t]tɛˈrɪdʒ ə nəs[/t]] adj. gel derived from the land, esp. of sea bottom sediments eroded from a neighboring landmass • Etymology: 1675–85; < L terrigenus=terr(a) earth + i i + genus genous …   From formal English to slang

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