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A stone shaped by the erosive action of windblown sand.
- ‘During intervening dry periods, winds scour the fan surfaces and sandblast exposed gravel clasts to produce smooth faceted ventifacts.’
- ‘In reality, their makers are definitely of this land, for it is the wind and sand that have formed these strange offerings, called ventifacts.’
- ‘The camera becomes the eye of the wind, forming ventifacts.’
Early 20th century: from Latin ventus ‘wind’ + factum, neuter past participle of facere ‘make’.
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From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.