Definition of Menapian in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting a Middle Pleistocene glaciation in northern Europe, possibly corresponding to the Günz of the Alps.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.