[pen-suh l-veyn-yuh n, -vey-nee-uh n]
- of or relating to the state of Pennsylvania.
- Geology. noting or pertaining to a period of the Paleozoic Era, occurring from about 310 to 280 million years ago and characterized by warm climates, swampy land areas, and the development of insects and reptiles: sometimes considered as an epoch of the Carboniferous Period.
- a native or inhabitant of Pennsylvania.
- Geology. the Pennsylvanian Period or System.
Origin of Pennsylvanian
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Examples from the Web for pennsylvanian
The Daily Show host is cool with the Pennsylvanian pop star representing the City of New York to tourists.Jon Stewart: Taylor Swift ‘Smart Choice’ For NYC’s Global Welcome Ambassador
November 8, 2014
Jerry Sandusky, now infamous in the media, joins the ranks of many notorious Pennsylvanian prisoners.Jerry Sandusky Sentenced: Eight Facts About Pennsylvania Prisons
October 10, 2012
When he led Santorum in the polls, he urged the Pennsylvanian to leave the race.Santorum’s Popularity Puzzle
February 13, 2012
Today, the Daily Pennsylvanian masthead is at least half female, and the last three executive editors have been women.Why Women Trail Men on Campus
Rebecca Davis O'Brien
March 21, 2011
A Pennsylvanian was sure to be right on the tariff, and a Louisianian was sure to be wrong.
Practically the Pennsylvanian forgot his prejudices when he allied his interests.
A Pennsylvanian not only could do it, but did it willingly, practically, and intelligently.
The Pennsylvanian stood six feet seven inches in his stockings.Lincoln's Yarns and Stories
Alexander K. McClure
All honor to this chivalrous and gallant Pennsylvanian, for his courtesy and humanity.Across America
James F. Rusling
- of the state of Pennsylvania
- (in North America) of, denoting, or formed in the upper of two divisions of the Carboniferous period, which lasted 30 million years, during which coal measures were formedSee also Mississippian (def. 2)
- an inhabitant or native of the state of Pennsylvania
- the Pennsylvanian the Pennsylvanian period or rock system, equivalent to the Upper Carboniferous of Europe
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Word Origin and History for pennsylvanian
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The sixth period of the Paleozoic Era, from about 320 to 286 million years ago. Rock deposits from this period of time alternate between being marine and terrestrial in origin, and are rich in coal. Reptiles first appeared in the Pennsylvanian Period. See Chart at geologic time.
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