Definition of Oxfordian in English:


Line breaks: Ox¦ford|ian
Pronunciation: /ɒksˈfɔːdɪən


  • 1 Geology Relating to or denoting an age in the Upper Jurassic period, lasting from about 157 to 155 million years ago. Also called Corallian.
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    • This organic-rich interval apparently has some lateral continuity outside the British Isles, although the zonal schemes are difficult to cross-correlate because of the provincial nature of Oxfordian ammonites.
    • There are no Middle-Upper Callovian, Oxfordian or Kimmeridgian sequences preserved on the Jurassic carbonate platform edge in the Oman Mountains.
    • Fluids escaping along the bounding faults at shallow levels fluidized uncemented Oxfordian sands, which were subsequently injected into the overlying Kimmeridgian strata.
  • 2Relating to or denoting the theory that Edward de Vere (1550–1604), Earl of Oxford, wrote the plays attributed to Shakespeare.
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    • There is for example, no direct link to a discussion of the Oxfordian debate.
    • That includes, for instance, the view of the Oxfordian group of scholars who say that de Vere, educated in the classics, well-travelled and acquainted with heartache and tragedy, is the man.
    • For much worse than professional disclaimers of interest in Shakespeare's life is the ugly social denial at the heart of the Oxfordian pursuit.


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  • 1 (the Oxfordian) Geology The Oxfordian age or the system of rocks (chiefly coral-derived limestones) deposited during it.
  • 2A supporter of the Oxfordian theory.
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    • By some his literary capacities have been highly regarded: J. T. Looney identified him in 1920 as the author of Shakespeare's plays, and a sizeable body of ‘Oxfordians’ have since built on this claim.
    • There are a high level of contention between the two factions - the Stratfordians and the Oxfordians.

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