interglacial

[ in-ter-gley-shuh l ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈgleɪ ʃəl /
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adjective Geology.

occurring or formed between times of glacial action.

Origin of interglacial

First recorded in 1865–70; inter- + glacial
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British Dictionary definitions for interglacial

interglacial

/ (ˌɪntəˈɡleɪsɪəl, -ʃəl) /

adjective

occurring or formed between periods of glacial action

noun

a period of comparatively warm climate between two glaciations, esp of the Pleistocene epoch
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Word Origin and History for interglacial

interglacial


adj.

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

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Science definitions for interglacial

interglacial

[ ĭn′tər-glāshəl ]

Adjective

Occurring between glacial epochs.

Noun

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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