1879, in the meaning defined above
Latin Ordovices, ancient people in northern Wales
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“Ordovician.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ordovician. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.
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