Devonian age
Devonian De*vo"ni*an, a. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to Devon or Devonshire in England; as, the Devonian rocks, period, or system. [1913 Webster]

{Devonian age} (Geol.), the age next older than the Carboniferous and later than the Silurian; -- called also the {Age of fishes}. The various strata of this age compose the Devonian formation or system, and include the old red sandstone of Great Britain. They contain, besides plants and numerous invertebrates, the bony portions of many large and remarkable fishes of extinct groups. See the Diagram under {Geology}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Devonian — De*vo ni*an, a. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to Devon or Devonshire in England; as, the Devonian rocks, period, or system. [1913 Webster] {Devonian age} (Geol.), the age next older than the Carboniferous and later than the Silurian; called also the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Age of fishes — Devonian De*vo ni*an, a. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to Devon or Devonshire in England; as, the Devonian rocks, period, or system. [1913 Webster] {Devonian age} (Geol.), the age next older than the Carboniferous and later than the Silurian; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Devonian — De*vo ni*an, n. The Devonian age or formation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Devonian Period — Interval of geologic time from 417 to 354 million years ago; it was the fourth period of the Paleozoic Era. During the Devonian, a giant continent was situated in the Southern Hemisphere (see Gondwana), and other landmasses were located in the… …   Universalium

  • Devonian — For the Celtic language, see Southwestern Brythonic language; for the residents of the English county, see Devon. Devonian Period 416–359.2 million years ago …   Wikipedia

  • Age of Fishes — noun from 405 million to 345 million years ago; preponderance of fishes and appearance of amphibians and ammonites • Syn: ↑Devonian, ↑Devonian period • Instance Hypernyms: ↑period, ↑geological period • Part Holonyms: ↑Paleozoic, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Devonian period — noun from 405 million to 345 million years ago; preponderance of fishes and appearance of amphibians and ammonites • Syn: ↑Devonian, ↑Age of Fishes • Instance Hypernyms: ↑period, ↑geological period • Part Holonyms: ↑Paleozoic, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Age — ([=a]j), n. [OF. aage, eage, F. [^a]ge, fr. L. aetas through a supposed LL. aetaticum. L. aetas is contracted fr. aevitas, fr. aevum lifetime, age; akin to E. aye ever. Cf. {Each}.] 1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal, vegetable, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Age of a tide — Age Age ([=a]j), n. [OF. aage, eage, F. [^a]ge, fr. L. aetas through a supposed LL. aetaticum. L. aetas is contracted fr. aevitas, fr. aevum lifetime, age; akin to E. aye ever. Cf. {Each}.] 1. The whole duration of a being, whether animal,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Devonian — 1837, as a geological era, from the English county of DEVON (Cf. Devon), where the Old Red Sandstone formations of that age are prominent …   Etymology dictionary

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