terrigenous[te rij′ə nəs, tə-]
- designating or of sea-bottom sediment derived from the erosion of land
Origin of terrigenousClassical Latin terrigenus ; from terra, terra + gignere, to be born: see genus
Derived from the land, especially by erosive action. Used primarily of sediments.
Origin of terrigenousFrom Latin terrigena, earth-born : terra, earth; see ters- in Indo-European roots + –genous.
- (geology, of a marine sediment) Derived from the erosion of land-based rocks.