Paleocene

adjective
Pa·​leo·​cene | \ ˈpā-lē-ə-ˌsēn How to pronounce Paleocene (audio) , especially British ˈpa- How to pronounce Paleocene (audio) \

Definition of Paleocene

: of, relating to, or being the earliest epoch of the Tertiary or the corresponding series of rocks — see Geologic Time Table

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Paleocene noun

First Known Use of Paleocene

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Paleocene

borrowed from French paléocène, from paléo- paleo- + -cène -cene

Note: Term introduced by the French (Alsatian) botanist Wilhelm Philippe Schimper (1808-80) in Traité de paléontologie végétale, tome 3 (Paris, 1874), p. 669 ff.

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paleobotany

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“Paleocene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Paleocene. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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