One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or designating the oldest part of the Lower Cretaceous period, or the series of rocks laid down at that time (originally specifically in Switzerland and France).
Frequently with the. The Neocomian period; the series of rocks laid down during this time.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Geological Society of London. From French Néocomien from post-classical Latin Neocomium (from ancient Greek νέος new + κώμη village + -ium), Latinized form of Neuchâtel, the name of a city in the Jura mountains of Switzerland + French -en.
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