Definition of Muschelkalk in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmʊʃ(ə)lkalk/


[mass noun] Geology
A limestone or chalk deposit from the Middle Triassic in Europe, especially in Germany.
Example sentences
  • The Triassic record is represented by the Germanic facies: Buntsandstein, Muschelkalk and Kouper.
  • He said that it is especially characteristic of the Upper Triassic, including the Rhaetian, but is possibly absent from the German Muschelkalk and is unknown from the pre-Ladinian Alpine beds.
  • In addition, some species described as ‘Mytilus’ from the European Muschelkalk may prove to be members of this genus.


Mid 19th century: from German, literally 'mussel chalk'.

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