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interglacial

[in-ter-gley-shuh l]
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adjective Geology.
  1. occurring or formed between times of glacial action.
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Origin of interglacial

First recorded in 1865–70; inter- + glacial
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Historical Examples

  • This we are to suppose was the cause of the interglacial epoch.

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  • According to Penck and Brckner, therefore, the lss is of interglacial age.

  • The interglacial deposits, as described by Heer and others, are well known.

  • Interglacial ages were characterized by warmth and aridity as compared to the glacial ages.

  • The names of currently recognized glacial and interglacial ages of the Pleistocene are listed below.


British Dictionary definitions for interglacial

interglacial

adjective
  1. occurring or formed between periods of glacial action
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noun
  1. a period of comparatively warm climate between two glaciations, esp of the Pleistocene epoch
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Word Origin and History for interglacial

adj.

1867, from German, coined 1865 by Swiss naturalist Oswald Heer (1809-1883); see inter- + glacial.

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interglacial in Science

interglacial

[ĭn′tər-glāshəl]
Adjective
  1. Occurring between glacial epochs.
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Noun
  1. 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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