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1 from 345 million to 310 million years ago; increase of land areas; primitive ammonites; winged insects [syn: Missippian period, Lower Carboniferous, Lower Carboniferous period]
2 a resident of Mississippi

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  1. Of a geologic epoch within the Carboniferous period from about 359 to 318 million years ago; marked by glaciation and the appearance of the first trees.
  2. Of, or pertaining to, Mississippi or its culture

Proper noun

en-proper noun Mississippians
  1. An inhabitant or a resident of the state of Mississippi.
  2. The Mississippian epoch.

Extensive Definition

include timeline carboniferous The Mississippian was a subperiod of the Carboniferous period lasting from roughly 359 to 318 Ma (million years ago). As with most other geologic periods, the rock beds that define the period are well identified, but the exact start and end dates are uncertain by a few million years. The Mississippian is so named because rocks from this age are exposed in the Mississippi River valley.
In North America, where the interval consists primarily of marine limestones, it is treated as a full-fledged geologic period between the Devonian and the Pennsylvanian. In Europe, the Mississippian and Pennsylvanian are one more-or-less continuous sequence of lowland continental deposits and are grouped together as the Carboniferous period. The Appalachian Mountains formed during the Mississippian Epoch.


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Mississippian in German: Mississippium
Mississippian in French: Mississippien
Mississippian in Italian: Mississippiano
Mississippian in Hebrew: קרבון מיסיסיפי
Mississippian in Luxembourgish: Mississippium
Mississippian in Hungarian: Kora karbon
Mississippian in Dutch: Mississippien
Mississippian in Polish: Mississip
Mississippian in Portuguese: Mississippiano
Mississippian in Serbo-Croatian: Mississippij
Mississippian in Finnish: Mississippi-kausi
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