Cenozoic(redirected from Cainozoic period)
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Of, relating to, or being the most recent era of geologic time, from about 66 million years ago to the present. The Cenozoic Era includes the Tertiary Period and the Quaternary Period and is characterized by the formation of modern continents, glaciation, and the diversification of mammals, birds, and plants. See Table at geologic time.
The Cenozoic Era.
(Geological Science) of, denoting, or relating to the most recent geological era, which began 65 000 000 years ago: characterized by the development and increase of the mammals
(Geological Science) the Cenozoic the Cenozoic era
[C19: from Greek kainos new, recent + zōikos, from zōion animal]
Ce•no•zo•ic(ˌsi nəˈzoʊ ɪk, ˌsɛn ə-)
1. noting or pertaining to the present era, beginning 65 million years ago, characterized by the ascendancy of mammals. See geologic time.n.
2. the Cenozoic Era or group of systems.
[1850–55; < Greek kainó(s) recent + -zoic]
The most recent era of geologic time, from about 65 million years ago to the present. The Cenozoic Era is characterized by the formation of modern continents and the diversification of mammals and plants. See Chart at geologic time.
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|Noun||1.||Cenozoic - approximately the last 63 million years|
Phanerozoic, Phanerozoic aeon, Phanerozoic eon - the period from about 5,400 million years ago until the present
|Adj.||1.||Cenozoic - of or relating to or denoting the Cenozoic era|