Definition of Holocene
: of, relating to, or being the present or post-Pleistocene geologic epoch — see geologic time table
Did You Know?
To geologists, we live today in the Holocene epoch, the period that began about 10,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, when humans first began practicing agriculture. But what does Holocene have to do with "whole"? Well, in geological language, the Holocene epoch follows the Paleocene ("remotely recent"), the Eocene ("early recent"), the Oligocene ("scarcely recent"), the Miocene ("less recent"), the Pliocene ("more recent"), and the Pleistocene ("most recent") epochs—so the Holocene is the "wholly recent" period of geological time.
Origin and Etymology of holocene
International Scientific Vocabulary
First Known Use: 1897
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up Holocene? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).