Mississippian

Mississippian

[mis-uh-sip-ee-uhn]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the state of Mississippi or the Mississippi River.
2.
Geology. noting or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic Era, occurring from about 345 million to 310 million years ago and characterized as the age of amphibians. See table under geologic time.
noun
3.
a native or inhabitant of Mississippi.
4.
Geology. the Mississippian Period or System: the former is sometimes considered an epoch of the Carboniferous Period.

Origin:
1765–75, Americanism; Mississippi + -an

Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Mississippian
Collins
World English Dictionary
Mississippian (ˌmɪsɪˈsɪpɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to the state of Mississippi or the Mississippi River
2.  See also Pennsylvanian (in North America) of, denoting, or formed in the lower of two subdivisions of the Carboniferous period, which lasted for 30 million years
 
n
3.  an inhabitant or native of the state of Mississippi
4.  the Mississippian the Mississippian period or rock system equivalent to the lower Carboniferous of Europe

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
Mississippian   (mĭs'ĭ-sĭp'ē-ən)  Pronunciation Key 
The fifth period of the Paleozoic Era, from about 360 to 320 million years ago. During this time shallow seas spread over former land areas and the first primitive conifers appeared. See Chart at geologic time.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature