Quaternary
Quaternary Qua*ter"na*ry, a. [L. quaternarius consisting of four each, containing four, fr. quaterni four each, fr. quattuor four: cf. F. quaternaire. See {Four}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Consisting of four; by fours, or in sets of four. [1913 Webster]

2. (Geol.) Later than, or subsequent to, the Tertiary; Post-tertiary; as, the Quaternary age, or Age of man. [1913 Webster]


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