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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [awr-duh-vish-uh n]
    • /ˌɔr dəˈvɪʃ ən/
    • /ˌɔːdəʊˈvɪʃɪən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [awr-duh-vish-uh n]
    • /ˌɔr dəˈvɪʃ ən/

Definitions of ordovician word

  • adjective ordovician noting or pertaining to a geologic period of the Paleozoic Era, from 500 million to 425 million years ago, notable for the advent of fish. 1
  • noun ordovician the Ordovician Period or System. 1
  • adjective ordovician of, denoting, or formed in the second period of the Palaeozoic era, between the Cambrian and Silurian periods, which lasted for 45 000 000 years during which marine invertebrates flourished 0
  • adjective ordovician designating or of the second geologic period of the Paleozoic Era, characterized by the development of abundant marine invertebrates and the first vertebrates 0

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Origin of ordovician

First appearance:

before 1879
One of the 25% newest English words
1879; after the Ordovices (plural) (< Latin) an ancient British tribe in N Wales, where rocks characterizing the period were found; see -ian

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A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
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