(formerly) noting or pertaining to the Precambrian Era, especially that part formerly believed to precede the first appearance of life; Archean.
Origin of azoic1
< Greek ázō(os
) lifeless (see azo-
) + -ic
of, relating to, or characteristic of the azo group.
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Related Words for azoicinsensate
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Historical Examples of azoic
They were transported, perhaps, from the Azoic area near Lake Superior.
Thus the azoic group is crystalliferous, or crystal-bearing.
That land belongs to the Azoic period, and contains no trace of life.
In the European ocean of the Azoic epoch we find five islands of considerable size.
The oldest lands of North America were built up, as in Europe, of azoic rocks, and were grouped chiefly in the north.
British Dictionary definitions for azoic
without life; characteristic of the ages that have left no evidence of life in the form of organic remains
Word Origin for azoic
C19: from Greek azōos lifeless; see azo-
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Word Origin and History for azoic
1854, with -ic + Greek azoos, from a- "not, without" (see a- (3)) + zoon "animal" (see zoo).
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Containing no living things; lacking organic life.
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