One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting a Middle Pleistocene glaciation in northern Europe, possibly corresponding to the Günz of the Alps.
- ‘Based on the paleomagnetic and palynological examinations the glacial deposits in Koñczyce profile are older than 750 ka BP and are likely to correspond to the Menapian.’
- ‘There is also a similarity to the majority of sponges in the Dutch / German border region that were deposited in glaciofluvial sediments during the Menapian.’
- ‘In the epochs before the Menapian, Elsterian, Saalian and Late Weichselian Glacials, there formed the permafrost zones, the depth of which could reach 450 m in the Estonian Monocline.’
- 1.1as noun the Menapian The Menapian glaciation or the system of deposits laid down during it.
1950s: from Latin Menapii, a people of northern Gaul in Roman times, + -ian.
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