1877, in the meaning defined above
borrowed from French paléocène, from paléo- paleo- + -cène -cene
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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“Paleocene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Paleocene. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.
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