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Pli·o·cene

 (plī′ə-sēn′)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being the epoch of geologic time from 5.3 to 2.6 million years ago, the most recent epoch of the Tertiary Period. It is characterized by the appearance of distinctly modern animals and by the expansion of grasslands. See Table at geologic time.
n.
The Pliocene Epoch.

[Greek pleiōn, more; see pelə- in Indo-European roots + -cene.]

Pliocene

(ˈplaɪəʊˌsiːn) or

Pleiocene

adj
(Geological Science) of, denoting, or formed in the last epoch of the Tertiary period, which lasted for three million years, during which many modern mammals appeared
n
(Geological Science) the Pliocene the Pliocene epoch or rock series
[C19: plio- + -cene, from Greek kainos recent]

Pli•o•cene

(ˈplaɪ əˌsin)
adj.
1. noting or pertaining to an epoch of the Tertiary Period, occurring from ten million to two million years ago when mammalian life was proliferating and climatic cooling had begun.
n.
2. the Pliocene Epoch or Series.
[1831]

Pli·o·cene

(plī′ə-sēn′)
The fifth and last epoch of the Tertiary Period, from about 5 to 2 million years ago, characterized by the appearance of distinctly modern animals. See Chart at geologic time.
Pleistocene, Pliocene, Miocene, Oligocene - Pleistocene means "most recent," Pliocene means "more recent," Miocene means "moderately recent," and Oligocence means "but a little recent."
See also related terms for recent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pliocene - from 13 million to 2 million years agoPliocene - from 13 million to 2 million years ago; growth of mountains; cooling of climate; more and larger mammals
Tertiary, Tertiary period - from 63 million to 2 million years ago
Translations
Pliozän

Pliocene

nPliozän nt
adjpliozän
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