Definition of Messinian in English:

Messinian

noun

Geology
  • The most recent age of the Miocene epoch, from about 6.7 to 5.2 million years ago; the stratigraphic stage corresponding to this. Usually with the.

adjective

Geology
  • Of, relating to, or designating the Messinian.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Archibald Geikie (1835–1924), geologist and historian. From French Messinien, perhaps from the name of Messina or the neighbouring Strait of Messina + -ien.

Pronunciation

Messinian

/mɛˈsɪnɪən//məˈsɪnɪən/