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versant

[vur-suh nt] /ˈvɜr sənt/
noun
1.
a slope of a mountain or mountain chain.
2.
the general slope of a country or region.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < French, noun use of present participle of verser to turn < Latin versāre, frequentative of vertere to turn; see verse, -ant
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versant

/ˈvɜːsənt/
noun
1.
rare the side or slope of a mountain or mountain range
2.
the slope of a region
Word Origin
C19: from French, from verser to turn, from Latin versāre
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Word Origin and History for versant
n.

1640s, from Latin versantem (nominative versans), present participle of versare (see versus).

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