Oligocene

adjective
Ol·​i·​go·​cene | \ ˈä-li-gō-ˌsēn How to pronounce Oligocene (audio) , ˈō-; ə-ˈli-gə- How to pronounce Oligocene (audio) \

Definition of Oligocene

: of, relating to, or being an epoch of the Tertiary between the Eocene and Miocene or the corresponding series of rocks — see Geologic Time Table

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Oligocene noun

First Known Use of Oligocene

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Oligocene was circa 1859

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