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A.Word.A.Day--peneplain

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This week's theme: words to describe the Earth's features.

peneplain (PEE-nuh-playn, pee-nuh-PLAYN) noun

An area of nearly flat, featureless land formed by a long period of erosion.

[From pene- (almost), from Latin paene + plain, from Latin planus.]

See more usage examples of peneplain in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"You are Xerxes in Persia. Your army spreads on a vast and arid peneplain."
Annie Dillard; Pilgrim at Tinker Creek; Harper's Magazine Press; 1974.

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