[ hol-uh-seen, hoh-luh- ]


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Origin of Holocene

First recorded in 1895–1900; holo- + -cene

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British Dictionary definitions for Holocene


/ (ˈhɒləˌsiːn) /

  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

  1. the Holocene the Holocene epoch or rock series

  • Also called: Recent

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Scientific definitions for 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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