[ pan-jee-uh ]
/ pænˈdʒi ə /
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the hypothetical landmass that existed when all continents were joined, from about 300 to 200 million years ago.
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Origin of Pangaea
1920–25; pan- + Greek gaîa earth; allegedly coined by German meteorologist Alfred L. Wegener (1880–1930)
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How to use Pangaea in a sentence
Pangea is all about the cultural and social facets of particular peoples and places.Saatchi Resurrects Ancient Pangaea with Show Featuring South American and African Artists|Chloë Ashby|April 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lawrence McDonald is a managing director of Pangea Capital Management and the cofounder of Convertbond.com.The Lehman Brothers Hangover|Lawrence McDonald|September 15, 2010|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for Pangaea
/ (pænˈdʒiːə) /
the ancient supercontinent, comprising all the present continents joined together, which began to break up about 200 million years agoSee also Laurasia, Gondwanaland
Word Origin for Pangaea
C20: from Greek, literally: all-earth
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Scientific definitions for Pangaea
[ păn-jē′ə ]
A supercontinent made up of all the world's present landmasses joined together in the configuration they are thought to have had during the Permian and Triassic Periods. According to the theory of plate tectonics, Pangaea later broke up into Laurasia and Gondwanaland, which eventually broke up into the continents we know today.
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Cultural definitions for Pangaea
[ (pan-jee-uh) ]
A former “supercontinent” on the Earth. In the distant past a large landmass, Pangaea, included all the present continents, which broke up and drifted apart. (See plate tectonics.)
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