Holocene [ hol- uh-seen, hoh-l uh-] Geology EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN Origin of Holocene
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Word Origin and History for holocene adj.
in reference to the epoch that began 10,000 years ago and continues today, 1897, from French
holocène (1867), from Greek holo-, comb. form of holos "whole" (see safe (adj.)) + -cene.
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The more recent of the two epochs of the Quaternary Period, beginning at the end of the last major Ice Age, about 10,000 years ago. It is characterized by the development of human civilizations. Also called Recent See Chart at geologic time.
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