Definition of Menapian in US English:



  • 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. 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.