• (British) IPA: /ˌkeɪnəʊˈzəʊɪk/, /ˌsɛnɵˈzəʊɪk/, /ˌsiːnɵˈzəʊɪk/
  • (America) IPA: /ˌkɛnɵˈzoʊɪk/, /ˌsɛnɵˈzoʊɪk/, /ˌsinɵˈzoʊɪk/

Cenozoic (not comparable)

  1. (geology) Of or pertaining to the Cenozoic era.
Translations Proper noun
  1. (geology) A geologic era within the Phanerozoic eon comprising the Paleogene and Neogene periods from about 65 million years ago to the present, when the continents moved to their current position and modern plants and animals evolved.
    • 1883, Joseph Le Conte, Elements of Geology: A Text-book for Colleges and for the General Reader, D. Appleton and Company, New York,
      The whole history of the earth is divided into five eras, with corresponding rock-systems. These are: 1. Archæan or Eozoic1 era, embodied in the Laurentian system; 2. Palæozoic2 era, embodied in the Palæozoic or Primary system; 3. Mesozoic3 era, recorded in the Secondary system; 4. Cenozoic,4 recorded in the Tertiary and Quaternary systems; and, 5. The Psychozoic era, or era of Mind, recorded in the recent system.

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