Definition of tombolo in English:



  • A bar of sand or shingle joining an island to the mainland.

    • ‘You'll just get a cascading series of problems to do with the mechanics of maintaining the tombolo at the same time as having a canal going through it.’
    • ‘A crest much above this level effectively converts a reef to a detached breakwater, introducing the potential for the formation of harmful tombolos and disruption to longshore processes.’
    • ‘Due to input of sediment from rivers, marine deltas may form, due to beach and longshore drift such features as spits, bay barriers, and tombolos may form.’
    • ‘Some vegetative colonization is occurring on the tombolos.’
    • ‘The sediments that form tombolos often form in ridges along an underwater wave-cut terrace.’
    • ‘The lakeshore processes displayed through the formation of numerous bars, spits and tombolos within the lakes of this park are tentatively assigned provincial significance.’
    • ‘Coastal barriers may be described by their relationships to the mainland as bay barriers, tombolos, barrier spits, and barrier islands.’
    • ‘Hills Beach to the north and Fletcher Neck to the south, comprise the pair of supratidal tombolos that protect the embayment, or ‘The Pool’, from the open ocean.’
    • ‘Tidal tombolos are the most volatile area of the beach, migrating up to 30m during individual storm events of only a few days.’
    • ‘The two lagoons are enclosed by two strips of land called Feniglia and Giannella tombolos, where tourists can find kilometres of delightful beaches.’
    • ‘The longshore current can carry large amounts of sand along the coast and can form spits (narrow peninsulas of sand), barrier islands and tombolos (narrow sand deposits connecting a near-shore island with the beach).’
    • ‘Waves and currents sort these materials, and deposit them on a bar, spit, cuspate foreland, tombolo, or beach.’
    • ‘The tombolo is an exceptionally diverse and complex association of rare landforms and natural communities on the southeast end of 10,000 acre Stockton Island.’
    • ‘He has said that what is termed as Adam's Bridge or Ramar Sethu in the Palk Straits is a tombolo, a sand deposit.’
    • ‘Several varieties of tombolos have been recognized in all parts of the globe, linking islands along the edges of lakes as well as oceans.’
    • ‘Salients and tombolos tend to occur when the distance between the island and the shoreline is less than four times the size of the island.’
    sandbank, bank, mudbank, bar, sandbar, tombolo, shallow, shelf, sands
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Late 19th century: from Italian, literally sand dune.