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A stage in the British Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous, above the Portlandian and below the Wealden, represented by prominent strata at Purbeck.
Of, relating to, or designating the Purbeckian stage.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in James Dana (1813–1895), geologist, zoologist, and teacher. From the name of Purbeck + -ian, after French purbéckien.
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