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[n. out-krop; v. out-krop] /n. ˈaʊtˌkrɒp; v. ˌaʊtˈkrɒp/
  1. a cropping out, as of a stratum or vein at the surface of the earth.
  2. the exposed portion of such a stratum or vein.
something that emerges suddenly or violently in the manner of an outcrop; outbreak:
an outcrop of student demonstrations.
verb (used without object), outcropped, outcropping.
to crop out, as strata.
Origin of outcrop
1760-70; noun use of verb phrase crop out Unabridged
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Examples from the web for outcropping
  • Secondly, at this location there is a rock outcropping which goes into the water a bit.
  • He worked himself down to a wider outcropping and hunkered there with his back against the limestone and his eyes closed.
  • Two commandos move left, away from the forest cover into a rocky outcropping.
  • Their destination is a plywood shack in the protective embrace of a small rock outcropping-directly in the path of an avalanche.
  • The second series of pictures shows what appears to me to be a large rocky outcropping with no sense of scale.
  • One was a storage room, with a raw rock outcropping that extended back farther than the light in the room allowed you to see.
  • On the north face is a vertical rock outcropping that is aligned along a north and south point.
  • Silhouette of an adult golden eagle still perched on a rock outcropping.
  • It is a harsh glade environment where limestone outcropping is prevalent.
  • In places, the bedrock outcropping that is visibly exposed on the lower bank extends to the surface of the excavation above.
British Dictionary definitions for outcropping


noun (ˈaʊtˌkrɒp)
part of a rock formation or mineral vein that appears at the surface of the earth
an emergence; appearance
verb (intransitive) (ˌaʊtˈkrɒp) -crops, -cropping, -cropped
(of rock strata, mineral veins, etc) to protrude through the surface of the earth
another word for crop out
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Word Origin and History for outcropping



1805, in geology, "exposure of rocks at the surface," from out + crop (n.) in its sense of "sprout, head."

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outcropping in Science
An area of visible bedrock that is not covered with soil.
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