- variant of ceno-1 as final element of a compound word: Pleistocene.
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- denoting a recent geological periodMiocene
from Greek kainos new
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Word Origin and History for -cene
word-forming element in geology, introduced by Sir Charles Lyell (1797-1875), from Greek kainos "new," cognate with Latin recens (see recent).
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