Definition of Elster in US English:

Elster

noun

Geology
  • 1usually as modifier A Pleistocene glaciation in northern Europe, corresponding to the Anglian of Britain (and possibly the Mindel of the Alps).

    1. 1.1 The system of deposits laid down at the time of the Elster glaciation.
      • ‘The evidence suggests three episodes are late Pleistocene (post-Elster).’
      • ‘The sand and clay layers (Urk Formation, Late Pleistocene) overlying the Pot. Clay were formed during the warmer Holstein period following the Elster.’

Origin

1930s: the name of a tributary of the Elbe River in Germany.

Pronunciation

Elster

/ˈelstər/