Permian

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From Perm +‎ -ian.

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Permian (plural Permians)

  1. An inhabitant of the Russian region of Perm; specifically, one belonging to a branch of the Finno-Ugric peoples, including Komis and Udmurts, who speak Permic languages. [from 16th c.]
  2. The language of such people; Permic. [from 18th c.]

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Permian (comparative more Permian, superlative most Permian)

  1. Pertaining tp the Perm region of Russia, or its inhabitants. [from 18th c.]
  2. Pertaining to their language; Permic. [from 18th c.]
  3. (geology) Pertaining to the last geologic period of the Paleozoic era; comprising the Cisuralian, Guadalupian and Lopingian epochs from about 280 to 248 million years ago. [from 19th c.]
    • 2000, JG Ballard, Super-Cannes, Fourth Estate 2011, p. 103:
      ‘In many ways modern art was a culture of the beach. They say it's the light, the special quality of quartz in the Permian rock.’

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Permian

  1. (geology) The Permian period. [from 19th c.]

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