Paleogene

adjective
Pa·​leo·​gene | \ ˈpā-lē-ə-ˌjēn How to pronounce Paleogene (audio) , especially British ˈpa- How to pronounce Paleogene (audio) \

Definition of Paleogene

: of, relating to, or being the earlier part of the Tertiary including the Paleocene, Eocene, and Oligocene or the corresponding series of rocks

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Paleogene noun

First Known Use of Paleogene

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Paleogene

borrowed from German paläogen, adjective, from paläo- paleo- + -gen (in neogen neogene)

Note: Term introduced by the German geologist Carl Friedrich Naumann (1797-1873) in Lehrbuch der Geognosie, 2. Auflage, 3. Band (Leipzig, 1866), p 8.

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“Paleogene.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Paleogene. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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