Definition of Hoxnian in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting an interglacial period of the Pleistocene in Britain, following the Anglian glaciation and identified with the Holsteinian of northern Europe.

    • ‘The Anglian glaciation was followed, about 400,000 years ago, by a warm stage traditionally called the Hoxnian interglacial.’
    • ‘He regarded the patella beach (the one featured in the photos) to be Hoxnian in age.’
    • ‘This also supports the Hoxnian dating attribution derived from the vole clock.’
    • ‘After the Hoxnian interglacial there followed a complex series of glacial/interglacial events during which, in some warm periods, Britain may well have become an island.’
    • ‘From the Hoxnian interglacial with its rich sites, each subsequent interglacial indicates a lesser human presence.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Hoxnian The Hoxnian interglacial or the system of deposits laid down during it.


1950s: from Hoxne, the name of a village in Suffolk, + -ian.