- a breaking forth; specif., the emergence of a mineral from the earth so as to be exposed on the surface: an outcrop of a vein of coal
- any rock formation exposed on the surface or, sometimes, covered by a thin layer of soil, gravel, etc.
- to emerge from the earth in this way
- to break forth
A portion of bedrock or other stratum protruding through the soil level.
intransitive verbout·cropped, out·crop·ping, out·crops
To protrude above the soil, as rock formations.
Origin of outcropout + crop, to appear on the surface.
(third-person singular simple present outcrops, present participle outcropping, simple past and past participle outcropped)
- (geology, of a stratum) To come out to the surface of the ground.