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interglacial

[in-ter-gley-shuh l] /ˌɪn tərˈgleɪ ʃəl/
adjective, Geology.
1.
occurring or formed between times of glacial action.
Origin of interglacial
1865-1870
First recorded in 1865-70; inter- + glacial
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interglacial

/ˌɪntəˈɡleɪsɪəl; -ʃəl/
adjective
1.
occurring or formed between periods of glacial action
noun
2.
a period of comparatively warm climate between two glaciations, esp of the Pleistocene epoch
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Word Origin and History for interglacial
adj.

1867, from German, coined 1865 by Swiss naturalist Oswald Heer (1809-1883); see inter- + glacial.

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interglacial
  (ĭn'tər-glā'shəl)   
Adjective  Occurring between glacial epochs.

Noun  A comparatively short period of warmth during an overall period of glaciation. Interglacials are characterized both by the melting of ice and by a change in vegetation.
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