Definition of Devensian in English:

Devensian

Line breaks: De|ven|sian
Pronunciation: /dɪˈvɛnzɪən
 
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adjective

Geology
  • 1Relating to or denoting the most recent Pleistocene glaciation in Britain, identified with the Weichselian of northern Europe.
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    • These processes can be observed occurring in the near-surface at present and have also affected late Devensian and pre-late Devensian glacial deposits.
    • What separates that time from today, however, was the most recent glacial phase: the Devensian glaciations.
    • Younger cited evidence for extensive ground freezing in SE England during the Devensian, beyond the limit of the Devensian ice sheet.
  • 1.1 (as noun the Devensian) The Devensian glaciation or the system of deposits laid down during it.

Origin

1960s: from Latin Devenses 'people dwelling near the River Dee' ( see Dee ( sense 2)) + -ian.

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