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1Relating to or denoting the earliest period of the Mesozoic era, between the Permian and Jurassic periods.See also Permo–Triassic
- ‘Triassic footprints were primarily made by early crocodilians and small dinosaurs.’
- ‘Triassic asteroids are among the rarest of fossils, hitherto comprised of only three genera, all from Europe.’
- 1.1as noun the Triassic" or "the Trias The Triassic period or the system of rocks deposited during it.
- ‘Such sites are found in numerous strata of different ages throughout the triassic, jurassic and cretaceous, all of which were allegedly laid down during the flood.’
Mid 19th century: from late Latin trias (see triad), because the strata are divisible into three groups, + -ic.
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