Cenozoic
adjective Etymology: Greek kainos + English -zoic Date: 1841 of, relating to, or being an era of geological history that extends from the beginning of the Tertiary period to the present time and is marked by a rapid evolution of mammals and birds and of angiosperms and especially grasses and by little change in the invertebrates; also relating to the corresponding system of rocks — see geologic time table • Cenozoic noun

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  • cenozoic — CENOZÓIC subst., adj. (geol.) Neozoic. [pr.: zo ic] – Din fr. cenozoïque. Trimis de valeriu, 13.09.2007. Sursa: DEX 98  cenozóic adj. m. (sil. zo ic), pl. cenozóici; …   Dicționar Român

  • Cenozoic — [sē΄nə zō′ik, sen΄əzō′ik] adj. [ceno (< Gr kainos: see CENE) + ZOIC] [sometimes c ] designating or of the third geologic era of the Phanerozoic Eon, usually subdivided into the Tertiary and Quaternary periods and characterized by the… …   English World dictionary

  • Cenozoic — Ce no*zo ic, a. [Gr. ? recent + ? life.] (Geol.) Belonging to the most recent division of geological time, including the tertiary, or Age of mammals, and the Quaternary, or Age of man. [Written also {c[ae]nozoic}, {cainozoic}, {kainozoic}.] See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cenozoic — 1854, Cainozoic, from Gk. kainos new, fresh, recent, novel (see RECENT (Cf. recent)) + zoon animal (see VITAL (Cf. vital)). The era that began with the demise of the dinosaurs and the rise of recent species …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cenozoic — (also Cainozoic) ► ADJECTIVE Geology ▪ of or relating to the era following the Mesozoic era (from about 65 million years ago to the present). ORIGIN from Greek kainos new + z ion animal …   English terms dictionary

  • Cenozoic — The Cenozoic (also Caenozoic or Cainozoic) Era (pronEng|ˌsiːnəˈzoʊɪk/, /ˌsɛn ) (meaning new life (Greek Polytonic|καινός ( kainos ), new , and Polytonic|ζωή ( zoe ), life ), is the most recent of the three classic geological eras and covers the… …   Wikipedia

  • Cenozoic — /see neuh zoh ik, sen euh /, Geol. adj. 1. noting or pertaining to the present era, beginning 65 million years ago and characterized by the ascendancy of mammals. See table under geologic time. n. 2. the Cenozoic Era or group of systems. Also,… …   Universalium

  • Cenozoic — 1. adjective Of a geologic era within the Phanerozoic eon comprising the Paleogene and Neogene from about 65 million years ago to the present, when the continents moved to their current position and modern plants and animals evolved. 2. noun …   Wiktionary

  • cenozoic — adj. pertaining to the Cenozoic era (most recent geological era) n. Cainozoic, most recent geological era …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Cenozoic — Ce•no•zo•ic [[t]ˌsi nəˈzoʊ ɪk, ˌsɛn ə [/t]] adj. 1) gel noting or pertaining to the present era, beginning 65 million years ago, characterized by the ascendancy of mammals See geologic time 2) gel the Cenozoic Era or group of systems • Etymology …   From formal English to slang

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