I. noun Date: 1805 1. a coming out of bedrock or of an unconsolidated deposit to the surface of the ground 2. the part of a rock formation that appears at the surface of the ground II. intransitive verb Date: circa 1847 1. to project from the surrounding soil <
ledges outcropping from the eroded slope
2. to come to the surface ; appear

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • outcrop — [[t]a͟ʊtkrɒp[/t]] outcrops N COUNT: usu with supp, oft N of n An outcrop is a large area of rock sticking out of the ground. ...an outcrop of rugged granite. ...rocky outcrops, covered in trees and bushes. (in AM and sometimes in BRIT, use… …   English dictionary

  • outcrop — UK [ˈaʊtˌkrɒp] / US [ˈaʊtˌkrɑp] noun [countable] Word forms outcrop : singular outcrop plural outcrops a rock, or a group of rocks, that sticks up out of the ground …   English dictionary

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