cryptozoic

[ krip-tuh-zoh-ik ]
/ ˌkrɪp təˈzoʊ ɪk /

adjective

(initial capital letter) Geology. of or relating to that part of Precambrian time whose stratigraphic record yields only sparse, primitive fossils.
Zoology. living in concealed or secluded places.

noun

(initial capital letter) Geology. the part of Precambrian time whose stratigraphic record yields only sparse, primitive fossils.

Nearby words

  1. cryptorchism,
  2. cryptosporidiosis,
  3. cryptosporidium,
  4. cryptosystem,
  5. cryptovolcanic,
  6. cryptozoite,
  7. cryptozoology,
  8. cryptozoon,
  9. cryptozygous,
  10. cryselephantine

Origin of cryptozoic

First recorded in 1890–95; crypto- + zo- + -ic

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British Dictionary definitions for cryptozoic

cryptozoic

/ (ˌkrɪptəʊˈzəʊɪk) /

adjective

(of animals) living in dark places, such as holes, caves, and beneath stones

Cryptozoic

/ (ˌkrɪptəʊˈzəʊɪk) /

adjective

of or relating to that part of geological time represented by rocks in which the evidence of life is slight and the life forms are primitive; pre-Phanerozoic

noun

the Cryptozoic the Cryptozoic era
See also PrecambrianCompare Phanerozoic

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