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Topic: GEOGRAPHY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: Italian contorno, from contornare 'to round off, draw', from Latin com- ( COM-) + tornare ( TURN1)

contour

noun
     
con‧tour [countable]
1 the shape of the outer edges of something such as an area of land or someone's body:
the contours of the hills
the contours of her face
2 also contour lineSG a line on a map that shows points that are of equal heights above sea level
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