Definition of Devonian in English:


Line breaks: Dev¦on|ian
Pronunciation: /dɛˈvəʊnɪən
, dɪ-/


  • 1Relating to Devon.
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    • Coming up in the world: The old Devonian seadog William Burroughs, second in command to Cadiz in 1587 and a ship's commander against the Armada the following year.
    • I still had the handful of yoghurt from the photo shoot and even though the yoghurt had curdled, this congealed dairy product was a feast to these backward Devonian fooles!
    • Tucked away in Devonian hills as green as the heart of a lettuce is Dartington Hall, home of Dartington international summer school.
  • 2 Geology Relating to or denoting the fourth period of the Palaeozoic era, between the Silurian and Carboniferous periods.
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    • For example, the various Lower Palaeozoic and Devonian formations on the stable interior platform of North America have presented many problems of correlation largely because the different facies are diachronous.
    • Athyrids were most abundant during the Silurian and Devonian periods, but still remained common during the early Carboniferous, and even as late as the Permian.
    • The plate tectonic model of Loeschke et al. invokes crustal rifting during the Ordovician and formation of a Silurian to Devonian ocean that underwent closure during the Devonian-Carboniferous.
  • The Devonian period lasted from about 409 to 363 million years ago. During this period fish became abundant, the first amphibians evolved, and the first forests appeared


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  • 1A native or inhabitant of Devon.
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    • The Devonians play their biggest Scottish show to date.
    • The impact of scientific rather than practical proposals has produced a fairly unworkable cocktail of measures which Devonians are calling a ‘complete shambles’.
    • They performed with gusto to almost thirty drunk Devonians.
  • 2 (the Devonian) Geology The Devonian period or the system of rocks deposited during it.

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