Meaning of massif

mas•sif

Pronunciation: (ma-sēf', mas'if Fr. ma-sēf'), [key]
— n.
  1. a compact portion of a mountain range, containing one or more summits.
  2. a large elevated block of old complex rocks resistant to both erosion and crustal folding.
  3. a band or zone of the earth's crust raised or depressed as a unit and bounded by faults.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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