"universal sea," such as that which surrounded Pangaea, 1893 (Suess), from pan- "all" (see pan-) + Greek thalassa "sea," a word from a lost pre-Greek Mediterranean language.

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Science definitions for panthalassa


[ păn′thə-lăsə ]

The ocean that surrounded the supercontinent Pangaea.
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