Definition of Variscan in English:


Line breaks: Va|ris¦can
Pronunciation: /vəˈrɪsk(ə)n


Another term for Hercynian.
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  • Throughout the Sudetes, and perhaps the Variscan belt, Early Palaeozoic granitic magmatism caused deformation, possibly on a batholithic scale.
  • The sandstones deposited differ from all the earlier sandstones in that they contain low-grade metamorphic debris derived from the Variscan orogenic belt.
  • The northern part of the Iberian Variscan belt forms the central zone of the Ibero-Armorican arc, an arched belt of several stacked thrust units.


early 20th century: from Latin Varisci (the name of a Germanic tribe) + -an.

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