One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An older rock formation isolated among newer rocks.
- ‘At the base of the erosional hollow, an inlier of Jurassic rocks crops out below the late Cimmerian unconformity.’
- ‘These rocks do not, however, crop out as a continuous mountain range but in isolated inliers, many of which were uplifted during the Tertiary in response to Alpine movements.’
- ‘In the central and eastern parts of the range, the northern margin is also sharply defined, but separates bedrock from glacial and alluvial sediments or bedrock inliers.’
- ‘However, it is thought that the Lower Palaeozoic inliers to the southeast (Kildare and Leinster Massif) were emergent at the time of mineralization.’
- ‘Within the Caledonian Moine nappe of NW Scotland there are a number of basement (presumed Lewisian) inliers, the largest of which is the Glenelg-Attadale Inlier.’
Mid 19th century: from in, on the pattern of outlier.
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