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Holocene

[hol-uh-seen, hoh-luh-]Geology
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adjective
  1. recent(def 4).
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noun
  1. recent(def 5).
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Origin of Holocene

First recorded in 1895–1900; holo- + -cene
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  • Indeed, I feel inclined to say that there is no such thing as a Holocene age.

    Notes on the Fenland

    T. McKenny Huges


British Dictionary definitions for holocene

Holocene

adjective
  1. of, denoting, or formed in the second and most recent epoch of the Quaternary period, which began 10 000 years ago at the end of the Pleistocene
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noun
  1. the Holocene the Holocene epoch or rock series
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Also called: Recent
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Word Origin and History for holocene

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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holocene in Science

Holocene

[hŏlə-sēn′, hōlə-sēn′]
  1. 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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