/ahr kee"euhn/, adj. Geol.
noting or pertaining to rocks of the Archeozoic portion of the Precambrian Era.
Also, Archaean.
[1870-75; < Gk archaî(os) ancient (see ARCHAEO-) + -AN]

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  • archean — adj. (Geology) of or pertaining to the earliest known forms of rocks; of or belonging to the earlier of the two divisions of Precambrian time …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Archean — adjective US spelling of Archaean …   English new terms dictionary

  • archean — ar·che·an …   English syllables

  • Archean — Ar•che•an [[t]ɑrˈki ən[/t]] adj. gel of or pertaining to rocks of the Archeozoic portion of the Precambrian Era • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

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