protocontinent

[ proh-toh-kon-tn-uhnt ]
/ ˌproʊ toʊˈkɒn tn ənt /

noun Geology.

an actual or hypothetical landmass that might later be enlarged into a major continent or broken up into smaller ones.

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Origin of protocontinent

First recorded in 1955–60; proto- + continent
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Scientific definitions for protocontinent

protocontinent
[ prō′tō-kŏntə-nənt ]

A landmass that existed at some point in the past. Protocontinents that are thought to have comprised some or all of the present-day continents in a single landmass are also known as supercontinents.
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