-cene


variant of ceno-1 as final element of a compound word: Pleistocene.

Nearby words

  1. -carpous,
  2. -ce,
  3. -cele,
  4. -cele 1,
  5. -cele 2,
  6. -centric,
  7. -cephalic,
  8. -cephalous,
  9. -cephalus,
  10. -cephaly

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British Dictionary definitions for -cene

-cene

adj combining form, n combining form

denoting a recent geological periodMiocene

Word Origin for -cene

from Greek kainos new

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Word Origin and History for -cene

-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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