from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A hypothetical supercontinent that included all the landmasses of the earth before the Triassic Period. Pangaea broke apart during the Triassic and Jurassic Periods, separating into Laurasia and Gondwanaland.
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- proper n. A supercontinent that included all the landmasses of the earth before the Triassic period and that broke up into Laurasia and Gondwana.
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- n. (plate tectonics) a hypothetical continent including all the landmass of the earth prior to the Triassic period when it split into Laurasia and Gondwanaland
pan- + Greek gaia, earth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From pan- + γαῖα (gaia, "earth, land"), probably after German Pangäa, coined by Alfred Wegener in 1915. (Wiktionary)