Definition of yardang in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjɑːdaŋ/


A sharp irregular ridge of sand lying in the direction of the prevailing wind in exposed desert regions, formed by the wind erosion of adjacent material which is less resistant.
Example sentences
  • Linear erosional features (called yardangs) found in deserts are the result of long-term erosion of wind blowing in a consistent direction.
  • I stumbled upon a yardang - a rock ridge feature caused by wind and water erosion.
  • Due to the hard climatic conditions of the yardang region in the Lut Desert, not much information about land surface temperatures of this region, one of the extremely arid cli-matic zones of Iran, has been extracted.


Early 20th century: from Turkish, ablative of yar 'steep bank'.

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