occurring or formed between times of glacial action.
Origin of interglacial
First recorded in 1865–70; inter-
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occurring or formed between periods of glacial action
a period of comparatively warm climate between two glaciations, esp of the Pleistocene epoch
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Word Origin and History for interglacial
1867, from German, coined 1865 by Swiss naturalist Oswald Heer (1809-1883); see inter- + glacial.
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Occurring between glacial epochs.
A comparatively short period of warmth during an overall period of glaciation. Interglacials are characterized both by the melting of ice and by a change in vegetation.
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