Triassic
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary, from Latin trias triad; from the three subdivisions of the European Triassic — more at triad Date: 1841 of, relating to, or being the earliest period of the Mesozoic era or the corresponding system of rocks marked by the first appearance of the dinosaurs — see geologic time table • Triassic noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Triassic — [trī′əstrī as′ik] adj. [< Ger triassisch (< LL Trias (see TRIAD: because divisible into three groups) + isch, IC] [sometimes t ] designating or of the first geologic period of the Mesozoic Era, characterized by the breakup of Pangea, the… …   English World dictionary

  • Triassic — Tri*as sic, a. (Geol.) Of the age of, or pertaining to, the Trias. n. The Triassic formation. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Triassic — 1841, from Ger., coined 1841 by Ger. geologist Friedrich August von Alberti (1795 1878), from Gk. trias triad, because it is divisible (in Germany) into three groups …   Etymology dictionary

  • Triassic — ► ADJECTIVE Geology ▪ relating to or denoting the earliest period of the Mesozoic era (between the Permian and Jurassic periods, about 245 to 208 million years ago), a time when the first dinosaurs, ammonites, and primitive mammals appeared.… …   English terms dictionary

  • Triassic — Geological period from=251 middle=225 to=199 o2=16 co2=1750 temp=17The Triassic is a geologic period and system that extends from about 251 to 199 Ma (million years ago). As the first period of the Mesozoic Era, the Triassic follows the Permian… …   Wikipedia

  • Triassic — 1. adjective Of or from the geologic strata above the Permian and below the Jurassic; of or belonging to the period 250 to 200 million years ago when these strata were laid down. “Well,” Ellie said. “We know animals have survived. Crocodiles are… …   Wiktionary

  • Triassic — /truy as ik/, Geol. adj. 1. noting or pertaining to a period of the Mesozoic Era, occurring from 230 to 190 million years ago and characterized by the advent of dinosaurs and coniferous forests. See table under geologic time. n. 2. Also, Trias… …   Universalium

  • Triassic — Tri·as·sic || traɪ æsɪk adj. of the Triassic geological period (Geology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Triassic — Tri•as•sic [[t]traɪˈæs ɪk[/t]] adj. 1) gel noting or pertaining to a period of the Mesozoic Era, occurring from 230 million to 190 million years ago and characterized by the advent of dinosaurs and coniferous forests 2) gel Also, Tri•as [[t]ˈtraɪ …   From formal English to slang

  • Triassic — /traɪˈæsɪk/ (say truy asik) adjective 1. relating to the geological period or system that constitutes the earliest principal division of the Mesozoic era. –noun Also, Triassic era. 2. the period or system characterised by widespread land deposits …   Australian English dictionary

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