One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating the lowest series of the Upper Carboniferous outside North America, lying above the Viséan series and below the Westphalian.
The Namurian series or epoch.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Charles Schuchert (1858–1942). From Namur, the name of a town and province in southern Belgium + -ian, after French namurien. The term was apparently coined by J. C. Purves 1883, although his use has not been traced; compare.
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