Definition of Purbeckian in English:

Purbeckian

noun

Geology
  • A stage in the British Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous, above the Portlandian and below the Wealden, represented by prominent strata at Purbeck.

adjective

Geology
  • Of, relating to, or designating the Purbeckian stage.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From the name of Purbeck + -ian, after French purbéckien.

Pronunciation

Purbeckian

/pəːˈbɛkɪən/