Definition of Holsteinian in English:

Holsteinian

adjective

Geology
  • 1Relating to or denoting an interglacial period of the Pleistocene in northern Europe, following the Elster glaciation and corresponding to the Hoxnian in Britain.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Holsteinian The Holsteinian interglacial or the system of deposits laid down during it.

Origin

1960s: from Holstein + -ian.

Pronunciation

Holsteinian

/hɒlˈstʌɪnɪən/