Cenozoic

[ see-nuh-zoh-ik, sen-uh- ]
/ ˌsi nəˈzoʊ ɪk, ˌsɛn ə- /
Geology

adjective

noting or pertaining to the present era, beginning 65 million years ago and characterized by the ascendancy of mammals.

noun

the Cenozoic Era or group of systems.

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Origin of Cenozoic

First recorded in 1850–55; ceno-1 + zo- + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for cenozoic

Cenozoic

Caenozoic Cainozoic

/ (ˌsiːnəʊˈzəʊɪk) /

adjective

of, denoting, or relating to the most recent geological era, which began 65 000 000 years ago: characterized by the development and increase of the mammals

noun

the Cenozoic the Cenozoic era

Word Origin for Cenozoic

C19: from Greek kainos new, recent + zōikos, from zōion animal
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Scientific definitions for cenozoic

Cenozoic
[ sĕn′ə-zōĭk ]

The most recent era of geologic time, from about 65 million years ago to the present. The Cenozoic Era is characterized by the formation of modern continents and the diversification of mammals and plants. Grasses also evolved during the Cenozoic. The climate was warm and tropical toward the beginning of the era and cooled significantly in the second half, leading to several ice ages. Humans first appeared near the end of this era. See Chart at geologic time.
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