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1Geology and Palaeontology (In form Pampean). Designating or relating to a series of sedimentary deposits of the Pleistocene epoch present across much of the pampas of South America, and the fauna (especially mammals) extant during their period of deposition.
2Generally. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the pampas, or the region of South America dominated by the pampas.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Darwin (1809–1882), naturalist, geologist, and originator of the theory of natural selection. From pamp- + -ean, after e.g. European.
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