Cambrian

adjective

Cam·​bri·​an ˈkam-brē-ən How to pronounce Cambrian (audio) ˈkām- How to pronounce Cambrian (audio)
1
: welsh
2
: of, relating to, or being the earliest geologic period of the Paleozoic era or the corresponding system of rocks marked by fossils of nearly every major invertebrate animal group see Geologic Time Table
Cambrian noun

Examples of Cambrian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gastropods have existed since the Cambrian period, around 540 million years ago. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 24 May 2024 Beneath, undulating green hills, sprawling hedgerows, a horizon broken only by the jagged tips of Wales’ Cambrian mountain range. Jessica Rawnsley, WIRED, 18 Apr. 2024 For instance, the rise of mobile, muscular animals that could burrow through sediment serves as the basis for defining the Cambrian Period. Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Apr. 2024 Magnesium’s online success also has been spurred in part by a Cambrian explosion of products and formulations, each adapted for a different niche in the wellness ecosystem. Adam Markovitz, Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2024 Episode 1 led the round and was joined by Playfair Capital, Portfolio Ventures, and others. - Cambrian Robotics, a London, U.K.-based machine vision company, raised $3.5 million in Seed+ funding. Allie Garfinkle, Fortune, 5 Mar. 2024 However, the digital age has brought about a Cambrian explosion of data availability, paired with advancements in analytics and AI capabilities, marking a new era in venture capital. Douglas B. Laney, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Enlarge Jiri Svoboda Trilobites first appear early in the Cambrian and are one of the earliest examples of arthropods, the group that includes all insects. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 27 Sep. 2023 These were some of the largest swimming animals of the Early Cambrian period and are described in a study published January 3 in the journal Science Advances. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 3 Jan. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Medieval Latin Cambria Wales, from Middle Welsh Cymry Wales, Welshmen

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cambrian was in 1603

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“Cambrian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cambrian. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

Cambrian

adjective
Cam·​bri·​an ˈkam-brē-ən How to pronounce Cambrian (audio) ˈkām- How to pronounce Cambrian (audio)
: of, relating to, or being the earliest period of the Paleozoic era of geological history or the corresponding system of rocks marked by fossils of nearly every major invertebrate animal group see geologic time
Cambrian noun
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