One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to the genus Paradoxides or the family Paroxididae of trilobites of Middle Cambrian age; characterized by the occurrence of fossils of such trilobites.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Archibald Geikie (1835–1924), geologist and historian. From scientific Latin Paradoxides, genus name + -ian.
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