pa·​leo·​mag·​ne·​tism ˌpā-lē-ō-ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce paleomagnetism (audio)
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: the intensity and direction of residual magnetization in ancient rocks
: a science that deals with paleomagnetism
paleomagnetic adjective
paleomagnetically adverb
paleomagnetist noun

Examples of paleomagnetism in a Sentence

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Word History


paleo- + magnetism

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of paleomagnetism was in 1854

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“Paleomagnetism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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