Hercynian

/ (hɜːˈsɪnɪən) /

adjective

denoting a period of mountain building in Europe in the late Palaeozoic

Word Origin for Hercynian

C16: from Latin Hercynia silva the Hercynian forest (i.e., the wooded mountains of central Germany, esp the Erzgebirge)
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