Definition of Weichsel in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvʌɪks(ə)l/


[usually as modifier] Geology
1The final Pleistocene glaciation in northern Europe, corresponding to the Devensian of Britain (and possibly the Würm of the Alps).
Example sentences
  • Skjaldbreithur and the vast lava field which surrounds it were formed some nine to ten thousand years ago, after the retreat of the last great ice-age glacier (Weichsel).
1.1The system of deposits laid down at the time of the Weichsel glaciation.



Pronunciation: /vʌɪkˈsiːlɪən/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • The succession is finally discordantly overlain by tills and melt water deposits of Late Weichselian age.
  • Maximum extent of the Eurasian ice sheets in the Barents and Kara Sea region during the Weichselian.
  • Stratigraphy and sedimentology of the Weichselian deposits in the southern part of the Lower Vistula region, northern Poland - new data and interpretations


1930s: from the German name of the River Vistula in Poland.

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