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Pan·gae·aalso Pan·ge·a (păn-jē′ə)
A supercontinent that included all the world's landmasses in the late Paleozoic and, according to the theory of plate tectonics, subsequently broke apart into Laurasia and Gondwana.
[pan- + Greek gaia, earth.]
[C20: from Greek, literally: all-earth]
or Pan•ge•a(pænˈdʒi ə)
the hypothetical landmass that existed when all continents were joined, from about 300 to 200 million years ago.
[1920–25; < Greek pan- pan- + gaîa earth; allegedly coined by German meteorologist Alfred Latin. Wegener (1880–1930)]
A supercontinent made up of all the world's present landmasses as they are thought to have been joined during the Permian and Triassic Periods. According to the theory of plate tectonics, Pangaea later broke up into Laurasia and Gondwanaland, which eventually broke up into the continents we know today.
The prehistoric supercontinent that formed late in the Paleozoic era and broke up in the Cenozoic era.
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|Noun||1.||Pangaea - (plate tectonics) a hypothetical continent including all the landmass of the earth prior to the Triassic period when it split into Laurasia and Gondwanaland|