But forget about the tertiary side characters, the main players are also saddled with catastrophically absurd stories as well.
My only consolation is the knowledge that the speaker is entirely secondary (or tertiary) to the proceedings.
Brongniart, to show a transition character between the vegetation of the secondary and that of the tertiary formations.
We have seen that it is a state of tertiary formation and very complex.
These rounded knolls are all that denudation has left of the tertiary sand deposits on the chalk.
tertiary Colours are three only, citrine, russet, and olive.
This is seen at the junction of the tertiary beds with the chalk near London.
No trace of the family has yet been detected in even the tertiary rocks.
Post′-pos′itive; Post′-remote′, more remote in subsequent time or order; Post′-ter′tiary, more recent than the tertiary.
The tertiary period had also its prominent class of existences.
1650s, "of the third order, rank, degree, etc.," from Latin tertiarius "of or pertaining to a third," from tertius "third, a third," from root of tres "three" (see three). The geological sense (with capital T-) of "era after the Mesozoic" (which formerly was called the Secondary) is attested from 1794, after Italian terziari, used in this sense 1760 by Italian geologist Giovanni Arduino (1714-1795).
tertiary ter·ti·ar·y (tûr'shē-ěr'ē)
Third in place, order, degree, or rank.
Of or relating to salts of acids containing three replaceable hydrogen atoms.
Of or relating to organic compounds in which a group is bound to three nonelementary radicals.
Noun Tertiary. The first period of the Cenozoic Era, from about 65 to 2 million years ago. During this time the continents took on their present form, and the climate changed from being warmer and wetter, in the early part of the period, to being drier and cooler in the later part. Mammals replaced dinosaurs as the dominant form of terrestrial animal life, and many modern types of flowering plants, insects, mollusks, fish, amphibians, reptiles, and birds appeared. The Tertiary is subdivided into the Paleogene and the Neogene, although these terms are not as widely used as are the names of the epochs that constitute them. See Chart at geologic time.