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Of, relating to, or being the epoch of geologic time from about 12,000 years ago to the present, the more recent of the two epochs of the Quaternary Period. It began at the end of the last Ice Age and is characterized by the development of human civilizations. See Table at geologic time.
The Holocene Epoch.
(Geological Science) of, denoting, or formed in the second and most recent epoch of the Quaternary period, which began 10 000 years ago at the end of the Pleistocene
nAlso called: Recent
(Geological Science) the Holocene the Holocene epoch or rock series
1. of late occurrence, appearance, or origin; lately happening, done, made, etc.: recent events.
2. of or belonging to a time not long past.
3. (cap.) Geol. noting or pertaining to the present epoch, originating at the end of the glacial period, about 10,000 years ago, and forming the latter part of the Quaternary Period; Holocene.n.
4. Also called Holocene. (cap.) Geol. the Recent Epoch.
[1525–35; < Latin recent- (s. of recēns) fresh, new]
syn>: See modern.
The more recent of the two epochs of the Quaternary Period, beginning at the end of the last Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago. It is characterized by the development of human civilizations. Also called Recent. See Chart at geologic time.