from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or belonging to the geologic time, system of rocks, or sedimentary deposits of the seventh and last period of the Paleozoic Era, characterized by the formation of the supercontinent Pangaea, the rise of conifers, and the diversification of reptiles and ending with the largest known mass extinction in the history of life. See Table at geologic time.
- n. The Permian Period.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of a geologic period within the Paleozoic era; comprises the Cisuralian, Guadalupian and Lopingian epochs from about 280 to 248 million years ago.
- proper n. The Permian period.
- n. One of a branch of the Finno-Ugric peoples, including Komis and Udmurts, who speak Permic languages.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Belonging or relating to the period, and also to the formation, next following the Carboniferous, and regarded as closing the Carboniferous age and Paleozoic era.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to the city or government of Permin eastern Russia.
- 2. Relating to the Permians.
- 3. An epithet applied by Murchison and his coadjutors in a geological reconnaissance of a part of Russia, in 1841, to a group of strata overlying the Carboniferous, and forming the uppermost division of the Paleozoic series.
- n. An inhabitant of Perm; also, one of a Finnic people dwelling in eastern Russia, chiefly in the government of Perm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. from 280 million to 230 million years ago; reptiles
After Perm Oblast, a region of west-central Russia.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)