Definition of Hoxnian in English:


Line breaks: Hox|nian
Pronunciation: /ˈhɒksnɪən


  • 1Relating to or denoting an interglacial period of the Pleistocene in Britain, following the Anglian glaciation and identified with the Holsteinian of northern Europe.
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    • From the Hoxnian interglacial with its rich sites, each subsequent interglacial indicates a lesser human presence.
    • This also supports the Hoxnian dating attribution derived from the vole clock.
    • After the Hoxnian interglacial there followed a complex series of glacial/interglacial events during which, in some warm periods, Britain may well have become an island.
  • 1.1 (as noun the Hoxnian) The Hoxnian interglacial or the system of deposits laid down during it.


1950s: from Hoxne, the name of a village in Suffolk, + -ian.

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