[ proh-toh-kon-tn-uhnt ]

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

Origin of protocontinent

First recorded in 1955–60; proto- + continent

Words Nearby protocontinent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Scientific definitions for protocontinent


[ prō′tō-kŏntə-nənt ]

  1. 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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