[ trahy-as-ik ]
/ traɪˈæs ɪk /


noting or pertaining to a period of the Mesozoic Era, occurring from 230 to 190 million years ago and characterized by the advent of dinosaurs and coniferous forests.


Also Tri·as [trahy-uh s] /ˈtraɪ əs/ the Triassic Period or System.

Origin of Triassic

1835–45; Trias the three-part series of strata characterizing the period (< German < Greek triás; see triad) + -ic
Related formspost-Tri·as·sic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for triassic


/ (traɪˈæsɪk) /


of, denoting, or formed in the first period of the Mesozoic era that lasted for 42 million years and during which reptiles flourished


the Triassic or Trias the Triassic period or rock system

Word Origin for Triassic

C19: from Latin trias triad, with reference to the three subdivisions
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Word Origin and History for triassic



1841, from German, coined 1841 by German geologist Friedrich August von Alberti (1795-1878), from Greek trias "triad" (see triad), because it is divisible (in Germany) into three groups.

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Science definitions for triassic


[ trī-ăsĭk ]

The earliest period of the Mesozoic Era, from about 245 to 208 million years ago. During the early part of the Triassic Period the supercontinent Pangaea was located along the equator; by the end of the Triassic it had started to split up. Land life diversified in the Triassic in response to the mass extinctions of the end of the Paleozoic. Conifers, cycads, marine reptiles, dinosaurs, and the earliest mammals first appeared. See Chart at geologic time.
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