Definition of inselberg in English:

inselberg

noun

Geology
  • An isolated hill or mountain rising abruptly from a plain.

    • ‘Nevertheless, data on mycorrhizal function and interactions in an ecophysiological context are lacking for plants growing in inselbergs, especially for CAM plants.’
    • ‘Nectarinia moreaui is restricted to the montane inselbergs of the south-central Eastern Arc Mountains and is, therefore, a range-restricted endemic to Tanzania.’
    • ‘The rock exposures are rather poor, except for some scattered inselbergs and massifs of biotite-hornblende gneisses.’
    • ‘Many CAM families, i.e. Cactaceae, Crassu laceae, Euphorbiaceae, Agavaceae, Bromeliaceae and Orchidaceae, are frequently found on inselbergs in the palaeotropics and the neotropics.’
    • ‘Porembski et al. proposed that the high plant species diversity found in inselbergs within the Atlantic forest domain is partially due to exchange of species between the rocky habitats and the canopy of neighbouring forests.’
    high ground, rising ground, prominence, eminence, elevation, rise, hillock, mound, mount, knoll, hummock, tor, tump, fell, pike, mesa
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Origin

Early 20th century: from German, from Insel island + Berg mountain.

Pronunciation:

inselberg

/ˈɪns(ə)lbəːɡ/