Miocene period


Miocene period
geological period during which the world's largest mountain ranges formed (approximately 23 million to 5 million years ago)

English contemporary dictionary. 2014.

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  • Miocene — Mi o*cene (m[imac] [ o]*s[=e]n), prop. a. [Gr. mei wn less + kaino s new, fresh, recent.] (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the middle division of the Tertiary. n. The Miocene period. See {Chart} of {Geology}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Miocene — (adj.) pertaining to the geological period between the Oligocene and Pliocene, 1831, irregular formation from Gk. meion less + kainos new, recent (see RECENT (Cf. recent)). A typical example of the monstrosities with which scientific men in want… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Miocene — ► ADJECTIVE Geology ▪ relating to the fourth epoch of the Tertiary period (23.3 to 5.2 million years ago), a time when the first apes appeared. ORIGIN from Greek mei n less + kainos new …   English terms dictionary

  • Miocene — System Series Stage Age (Ma) Quaternary Pleistocene Gelasian younger Neogene Pliocene …   Wikipedia

  • Miocene Epoch — Major division of the Tertiary Period, from 23. 8 to 5.3 million years ago. The extensive fossil record of terrestrial life during the Miocene provides a fairly complete picture of the development of vertebrates, especially mammals. Miocene… …   Universalium

  • Miocene — /muy euh seen /, Geol. adj. 1. noting or pertaining to an epoch of the Tertiary Period, occurring from 25 to 10 million years ago, when grazing mammals became widespread. See table under geologic time. n. 2. the Miocene Epoch or Series. [1825 35; …   Universalium

  • Miocene — 1. adjective Of a geologic epoch within the Neogene period from about 23 to 5.3 million years ago; marked by the drift of continents to their present position. 2. noun The Miocene epoch …   Wiktionary

  • Miocene — Mi•o•cene [[t]ˈmaɪ əˌsin[/t]] Geol. 1) gel noting or pertaining to an epoch of the Tertiary Period, occurring from 25 million to 10 million years ago, when grazing mammals became widespread 2) gel the Miocene Epoch or Series • Etymology: 1832;… …   From formal English to slang

  • Miocene epoch — noun from 25 million to 13 million years ago; appearance of grazing mammals • Syn: ↑Miocene • Instance Hypernyms: ↑epoch • Part Holonyms: ↑Tertiary, ↑Tertiary period …   Useful english dictionary

  • period — Synonyms and related words: Alexandrine, Archean, Archeozoic, Cambrian, Carboniferous, Cenozoic, Comanchean, Cretaceous, Devonian, Eocene, Glacial, Holocene, Lower Cretaceous, Lower Tertiary, Mesozoic, Miocene, Mississippian, Oligocene, Paleocene …   Moby Thesaurus


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