interglacial

[in-ter-gley-shuh l]

Origin of interglacial

First recorded in 1865–70; inter- + glacial
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interglacial

adjective
  1. occurring or formed between periods of glacial action
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.
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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