orogenous

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From orogeny +‎ -ous.

Adjective[edit]

orogenous (comparative more orogenous, superlative most orogenous)

  1. (geology, often humorous, by analogy to erogenous) Of or relating to mountain-building; orogenic.
    The gradual uplift of mountains is the most common form of orogenous activity.
    • 1970, Proceedings of the United Nations Symposium on the Development and Utilisation of Geothermal Resources, vol. 2, part 2, page 1229:
      Within the remaining young circumpacific orogenous belt there are mainly two regions of special interest with regard to geothermal conditions left for consideration...
    • 1980, Earth Rheology, Isostasy, and Eustasy, Nils-Axel Morner (ed.), John Wiley & Sons, page 428:
      The Fergana intermountain depression falls into the orogenous class structures...
      Being part of post-Paleozoic activation region it has gone through a number of orogenous epochs...
    • 1993 L.P. Zonenshain Memorial Conference on Plate Tectonics: Programme and Abstracts, page 27:
      [O]rogenous uplifts grow continuously...
    • 1999 Jean Terschuren, "Action plan for Cypripedium calceolus in Europe", in Nature and Environment No. 100, page 42:
      Orogenous spruce, larch and arolla, mountain pine forests and plantations
      Western Palaearcic orogenous spruce forests

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