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horst (n.)

1893 in geology, from German Horst "mass, heap" (given its geological sense by Suess, 1883), from Old High German hurst "thicket," from Proto-Germanic *hursti-, from PIE *krsti- (source also of Middle Dutch horst "underwood," Old English hyrst "grove, wooded eminence"), from root *kert- "to turn, entwine" (see hurdle (n.)).

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Definitions of horst from WordNet

horst (n.)
a ridge of the earth's crust that has been forced upward between two faults and so is higher than the surrounding land;
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