One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1usually as modifier The final Pleistocene glaciation in northern Europe, corresponding to the Devensian of Britain (and possibly the Würm of the Alps).
- ‘Skjaldbreithur and the vast lava field which surrounds it were formed some nine to ten thousand years ago, after the retreat of the last great ice-age glacier (Weichsel).’
- 1.1 The system of deposits laid down at the time of the Weichsel glaciation.
1930s: from the German name of the River Vistula in Poland.
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