One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating the uppermost stage of the Lower Cretaceous (especially in Europe), above the Aptian and below the Cenomanian; of or relating to this stage.
The Albian stage of the Cretaceous; the strata dating from this stage.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London. From Alba, former name of a department of France (now Aube) + -ian, after French Albien.
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