• 1650s, in sense of building, from Late Latin tectonicus, from Ancient Greek τεκτονικός ("pertaining to building"), from Ancient Greek τέκτων ("carpenter, joiner, maker"), from Proto-Indo-European *tek- ("to make") (from which also texture). In sense of geology, attested 1894. Surface analysis is τέκτων -ic.

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