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1Relating to or denoting an interglacial period of the Pleistocene in northern Europe, following the Elster glaciation and corresponding to the Hoxnian in Britain.
- ‘The studies concentrate on time intervals ranging from the Holocene to the Holsteinian, which show a high climatic variability and with a great impact on terrestrial ecosystems.’
- ‘At the base of Holsteinian interglacial deposits, artifacts and remains of large mammals have been excavated.’
- ‘Furthermore, no warm interglacial period has been recognised between the Holsteinian and Eemian in the neighbouring Baltic countries, Estonia and Latvia.’
- 1.1as noun the Holsteinian The Holsteinian interglacial or the system of deposits laid down during it.
1960s: from Holstein + -ian.
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