Definition of pampean in US English:


(also pampaean)


  • 1Geology and Palaeontology (In form Pampean). Designating or relating to a series of sedimentary deposits of the Pleistocene epoch present across much of the pampas of South America, and the fauna (especially mammals) extant during their period of deposition.

  • 2Generally. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the pampas, or the region of South America dominated by the pampas.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Darwin (1809–1882), naturalist, geologist, and originator of the theory of natural selection. From pamp- + -ean, after e.g. European.