One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting the most recent Pleistocene glaciation in Britain, identified with the Weichselian of northern Europe.
- ‘These processes can be observed occurring in the near-surface at present and have also affected late Devensian and pre-late Devensian glacial deposits.’
- ‘Scoping calculations have shown that these strains would have been of the order of 10-5 at Sellafield for the Devensian ice sheet.’
- ‘As Devensian glacial landforms are still fresh, it is assumed for simplicity that a negligible amount of these has been eroded so far.’
- ‘What separates that time from today, however, was the most recent glacial phase: the Devensian glaciations.’
- ‘Younger cited evidence for extensive ground freezing in SE England during the Devensian, beyond the limit of the Devensian ice sheet.’
- 1.1as noun the Devensian The Devensian glaciation or the system of deposits laid down during it.
1960s: from Latin Devenses ‘people dwelling near the River Dee’ (see Dee (sense 2))+ -ian.
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