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- adj. Of or relating to the Hercynian Forest, an extensive forest in ancient Germany.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to an extensive forest in Germany, of which there are still portions in Swabia and the Hartz mountains.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the forest-covered mountain-system of Germany.
- In geology: Applied to a division of the Precambrian crystalline rocks in Westphalia, termed by Gümbel the Hercynian gneiss, lying above more highly altered rocks, and beneath those which are less altered and consist of mica schists and shales.
- First applied to the lowest Devonian strata of the Harz Mountains and Westphalia, but subsequently restricted so as to refer to the calcareous or deeper water facies of these early Devonian rocks and their organic contents.
Latin Hercynia silva, Hercynius saltus, the Hercynian forest; compare Ancient Greek. (Wiktionary)