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EtymologyEdit

"Most New" or "Newest", pertaining to the glacial period, coined in 1839 by Charles Lyell from the Greek πλεῖστος (pleîstos, most) (superlative of πολύς (polús, much); see poly-) and καινός (kainós, new) (latinised as cænus).

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IPA(key): /ˈplaɪstəˌsiːn, -toʊ-/

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Pleistocene (not comparable)

  1. (geology) Of a geologic epoch within the Neogene period from about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago (earlier definition 1.7 million to 11,000 years ago); marked by the evolution of man, and the extinction of the large mammals.

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Pleistocene

  1. (geology) The Pleistocene epoch.

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