Definition of terrigenous in English:

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Pronunciation: /tɛˈrɪdʒɪnəs/


(Of a marine deposit) made of material eroded from the land.
Example sentences
  • The composition of terrigenous sedimentary rocks would merely reflect the compositional aggregate of their source areas.
  • Vancouver Island is regarded as the source of terrigenous material of the Hoko River Formation due to its matching lithologies, close proximity, and agreement with paleocurrent directions.
  • The rocks contain abundant terrigenous clay and organic matter.


Late 17th century (in the sense 'produced from the earth, earth-born'): from Latin terrigenus (from terra 'earth' + -genus 'born') + -ous.

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