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  • noun An outcrop.

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  • noun the part of a rock formation that appears above the surface of the surrounding land

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Examples

  • The outcropping was the first significant rock feature early explorers came across as they traveled up the Arkansas River in the 1720s.

    Exhuming Little Rock's Dignity

  • After a steep climb, I came to a little outcropping with a Japanese elder sitting on the ground.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • When they were safely on the shadowed side of the ridge, they began mercilessly pelting the animal with thrown stone, forcing it first to retreat to the edge of the outcropping, and then reluctantly to break cover and lumber off into the blinding afternoon sun.

    365 tomorrows » 2009 » March : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day

  • Reaching a dripping outcropping of rock, he retraced his steps, his decision made.

    Earl of Durkness

  • “There was this little warm puddle by this rock outcropping and -”

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  • Sitting up, he scooted backward, pulling her with him, until they reached flatter ground and another outcropping of rocks.

    At Hidden Falls

  • He scrambled against the outcropping, his feet slipping, his arms burning with stress as he fumbled to keep himself from falling.

    Earl of Durkness

  • We didn't, lowering anchor in about 36 feet of water about 100 feet south of U Thant Island, a rocky outcropping populated by cormorants, opposite the U.N.

    Hooking Edible Tourists

  • He leaped onto an outcropping that was surrounded by deep pools of briny water.

    End of Time

  • We didn't, lowering anchor in about 36 feet of water about 100 feet south of U Thant Island, a rocky outcropping populated by cormorants, opposite the U.N.

    Hooking Edible Tourists

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  • "Which left me wondering: Is the fear of playpens all hype? Just a hysterical outcropping of our anxious style of modern parenting?"

    - Tom Vanderbilt, Whatever Happened to the Playpen?, slate.com, 7 August 2009.

    August 8, 2009