paleomagnetism

noun

pa·​leo·​mag·​ne·​tism ˌpā-lē-ō-ˈmag-nə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce paleomagnetism (audio)
 especially British  ˌpa-
1
: the intensity and direction of residual magnetization in ancient rocks
2
: a science that deals with paleomagnetism
paleomagnetic adjective
paleomagnetically adverb
paleomagnetist noun

Word History

Etymology

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paleomagnetism. Accessed 9 Dec. 2022.

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