Pleistocene

adjective
Pleis·to·cene | \ˈplī-stə-ˌsēn \

Definition of Pleistocene 

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

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Pleistocene noun

First Known Use of Pleistocene

1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pleistocene

Greek pleistos most + International Scientific Vocabulary -cene; akin to Greek pleiōn more

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