K-T boundary

noun

: the transition between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods of geologic time characterized by a mass extinction of many forms of life including the dinosaurs
also : a geologic stratum marking this boundary

Examples of K-T boundary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kring was foundational in confirming the role of the Chicxulub crater’s impact event in the K-T boundary mass extinction. Anna Funk, Discover Magazine, 14 Nov. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

K (alternative for C as abbreviation for Cretaceous) + Tertiary

First Known Use

1983, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of K-T boundary was in 1983

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“K-T boundary.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/K-T%20boundary. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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K-T boundary

noun
: the transition between the Cretaceous and Tertiary periods of geologic time marked especially by the extinction of the dinosaurs
also : a layer of rock marking this boundary

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