glacial epoch

glacial epoch
noun
any period of time during which glaciers covered a large part of the earth's surface
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the most recent ice age was during the Pleistocene

Syn: ↑ice age, ↑glacial period
Hypernyms: ↑period, ↑geological period
Part Holonyms: ↑prehistory, ↑prehistoric culture

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noun
1. : any of those parts of geologic time from Precambrian onward in both the northern and southern hemispheres during which a much larger portion of the earth was covered by glaciers than at present
2. usually capitalized G & often capitalized E : the Pleistocene epoch

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1. Also called glacial period, ice age. the geologically recent Pleistocene Epoch, during which much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered by great ice sheets.
2. any one of the Permian, Carboniferous, Cambrian, or Precambrian glaciations.
[1840-50]

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glacial epoch,
1. any one of the times when much of the earth was covered with glaciers; ice age.
2. the most recent time when much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered with glaciers; Pleistocene.

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  • glacial epoch — n. ICE AGE the Glacial Epoch the Pleistocene Epoch …   English World dictionary

  • Glacial epoch — noun from two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution • Syn: ↑Pleistocene, ↑Pleistocene epoch • Instance Hypernyms: ↑epoch • Part Holonyms: ↑Quaternary, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • glacial epoch — 1. Also called glacial period, ice age. the geologically recent Pleistocene Epoch, during which much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered by great ice sheets. 2. any one of the Permian, Carboniferous, Cambrian, or Precambrian glaciations. [1840 …   Universalium

  • glacial epoch — ice age, period in history when glaciers covered most of the surface of the earth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Glacial — Gla cial, a. [L. glacialis, from glacies ice: cf. F. glacial.] 1. Pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice; frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers; as, glacial phenomena. Lyell. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Resembling ice; having the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glacial acid — Glacial Gla cial, a. [L. glacialis, from glacies ice: cf. F. glacial.] 1. Pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice; frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers; as, glacial phenomena. Lyell. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Resembling ice;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glacial drift — Glacial Gla cial, a. [L. glacialis, from glacies ice: cf. F. glacial.] 1. Pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice; frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers; as, glacial phenomena. Lyell. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Resembling ice;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glacial hypothesis — Glacial Gla cial, a. [L. glacialis, from glacies ice: cf. F. glacial.] 1. Pertaining to ice or to its action; consisting of ice; frozen; icy; esp., pertaining to glaciers; as, glacial phenomena. Lyell. [1913 Webster] 2. (Chem.) Resembling ice;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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