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stadial

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin stadiālis, from stadium.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

stadial (comparative more stadial, superlative most stadial)

  1. (geology) Pertaining to a glacial stade.
  2. (archaeology, sociology) Pertaining to or existing in successive stages of a given culture, society etc.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 188:
      He drew on the growing ethnographic record contained in travellers' tales about extra-European societies to develop a stadial view of human evolution according to which each society passed through the stages of hunting, pastoral life, farming and trading – a schema which had no place for scriptural precept.

NounEdit

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stadial (plural stadials)

  1. (geology) A short, colder period within an interglacial; a stade.