Definition of Wolstonian in English:


Syllabification: Wol·ston·i·an
Pronunciation: /wôlˈstōnēən


  • 1Of, relating to, or denoting the penultimate Pleistocene glaciation in Britain, identified with the Saale of northern Europe (and perhaps the Riss of the Alps).
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    • It is uncertain whether the ice during the Wolstonian stage affected the region.
    • Scourse therefore suggested that the sequence might be attributable to sediments deposited at the end of an interglacial, or possibly during an interstadial within the Wolstonian cold stage.
    • This trough subsequently formed a lake basin which filled with sediment during the entire interglacial and part of the ensuing Wolstonian glacial stage.
  • 1.1 (as noun the Wolstonian) The Wolstonian glaciation or the system of deposits laid down during it.


1960s: from Wolston, the name of a village in central England, + -ian.

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