One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stone shaped by the erosive action of wind-blown 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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