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[es-ker] /ˈɛs kər/
noun, Geology
a serpentine ridge of gravelly and sandy drift, believed to have been formed by streams under or in glacial ice.
Origin of esker
1850-55; < Irish eiscir ridge of mountains Unabridged
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a long winding ridge of gravel, sand, etc, originally deposited by a meltwater stream running under a glacier Also called os
Word Origin
C19: from Old Irish escir ridge
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Word Origin and History for esker

"deposit left by a glacial stream," 1852, from Irish eiscir "ridge of gravel."

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esker in Science
A long, narrow, steep-sided ridge of coarse sand and gravel deposited by a stream flowing in or under a melting sheet of glacial ice. Eskers range in height from 3 m (9.8 ft) to more than 200 m (656 ft) and in length from less than 100 m (328 ft) to more than 500 km (310 mi).
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