One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A line on a map or diagram marking the limit of the area of maximum disturbance in an earthquake; the area itself.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in James Milne (b. 1865). From German Pleistoseiste from ancient Greek πλεῖστος most + ancient Greek σειστός shaken from ancient Greek σείειν to shake + -τός, suffix forming verbal adjectives.
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