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[pohst-gley-shuh l]
adjective Geology.
  1. after a given glacial epoch, especially the Pleistocene.
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Origin of postglacial

First recorded in 1850–55; post- + glacial
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Examples from the Web for post-glacial

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Dawkins believes that this species survived to post-glacial times.

    Mythical Monsters

    Charles Gould

  • But all American observers are not so parsimonious with regard to post-glacial time.

  • The whole of Finland is covered with Glacial and post-Glacial deposits.

  • In like manner, we cannot positively say when this post-glacial period ended and the recent began.

    Human Origins

    Samuel Laing

  • What cause could have led to its extinction in Post-Glacial times is as yet a mystery.

British Dictionary definitions for post-glacial


  1. formed or occurring after a glacial period, esp after the Pleistocene epoch
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Word Origin and History for post-glacial


1855, from post- + glacial.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

post-glacial in Science


  1. Relating to or occurring during the time following a glacial period.
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