roche moutonnée

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Etymology[edit]

From French roche moutonnée, from roche (rock) + moutonnée (wavy).

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Noun[edit]

roche moutonnée (plural roches moutonnées)

  1. (geography) A rocky hillock which has been shaped by glacial erosion.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 100:
      Some are obviously roches moutonnées, polished and shaped by the ice-sheet that covered this whole landscape during the last million years of the Pleistocene ice age – a geological yesterday compared with the formation of the Alpine chain itself.