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decollement Line breaks: de|colle|ment
Pronunciation: /deɪˈkɒlmɔ̃/

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Definition of decollement in English:


[mass noun] Geology
1A process in which some strata become partly detached from those underneath and slide over them, causing folding and deformation.
1.1 (also decollement zone) [count noun] A boundary separating deformed strata from underlying strata which are not similarly deformed.


Mid 19th century: from French, from décoller 'unstick'.

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