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nappe

Syllabification: nappe

Definition of nappe in English:

noun

Geology
A sheet of rock that has moved sideways over neighboring strata as a result of an overthrust or folding.
Example sentences
  • On its south side the Oytag arc is thrust over Carboniferous sandstones and limestones that are folded into spectacular nappes.
  • Another important difference is that the basement of one of the Menderes nappes (dine nappe, see below) is of Neoproterozoic to Cambrian age.
  • Stratigraphic relationships show that the Mata nappe follows a recumbent fold structure characterized by a normal and an inverted fold limb.

Origin

late 19th century: from French nappe 'tablecloth'.

Words that rhyme with nappe

bap, cap, chap, clap, crap, dap, entrap, enwrap, flap, frap, gap, giftwrap, hap, Jap, knap, lap, Lapp, map, nap, pap, rap, sap, schappe, scrap, slap, snap, strap, tap, trap, wrap, yap, zap

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