outcropped

outcrop

[n. out-krop; v. out-krop]
noun
1.
Geology.
a.
a cropping out, as of a stratum or vein at the surface of the earth.
b.
the exposed portion of such a stratum or vein.
2.
something that emerges suddenly or violently in the manner of an outcrop; outbreak: an outcrop of student demonstrations.
verb (used without object), outcropped, outcropping.
3.
to crop out, as strata.

Origin:
1760–70; noun use of verb phrase crop out

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outcrop
 
n
1.  part of a rock formation or mineral vein that appears at the surface of the earth
2.  an emergence; appearance
 
vb , -crops, -cropping, -cropped
3.  (of rock strata, mineral veins, etc) to protrude through the surface of the earth
4.  another word for crop out

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outcrop
1805, in geology, "exposure of rocks at the surface," from out + crop (q.v.) in its sense of "sprout, head."
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outcrop   (out'krŏp')  Pronunciation Key 
An area of visible bedrock that is not covered with soil.
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