declivity

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Etymology[edit]

1610s, from French déclivité, from Latin declivitatem/dēclīvitās, from dēclivis (a sloping downward), from de (down) + clīvus (a slope), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱleywo-, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱley- (to lean) (English lean).[1]

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Noun[edit]

declivity (plural declivities)

  1. (geomorphology) the downward slope of a hill
    • 1899, Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness, section 1
      A rocky cliff appeared, mounds of turned–up earth by the shore, houses on a hill, others with iron roofs, amongst a waste of excavations, or hanging to the declivity.
  2. a downward bend in a path

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References[edit]

  1. ^ declivity” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).