One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘Furthermore, no warm interglacial period has been recognised between the Holsteinian and Eemian in the neighbouring Baltic countries, Estonia and Latvia.’
- ‘At the base of Holsteinian interglacial deposits, artifacts and remains of large mammals have been excavated.’
- 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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