Definition of pingo in English:

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pingo

Pronunciation: /ˈpiNG(ɡ)ō/

noun (plural pingos)

Geology
A dome-shaped mound consisting of a layer of soil over a large core of ice, occurring in permafrost areas.
Example sentences
  • What's left behind are new surfaces: kettle moraines, outwash plains, pingos, scoured barren grounds.
  • Less widespread, but equally distinctive, are ice-cored mounds, or pingos.
  • The review by Watson of the periglacial environment in Britain concluded that continuous permafrost was present long enough for widespread formation of features such as ice wedges and pingos.

Origin

1920s: from Inuit pinguq 'nunatak'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: pin·go

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