azoic

adjective

azo·​ic (ˌ)ā-ˈzō-ik How to pronounce azoic (audio)
: having no living beings
especially : of or relating to the part of geologic time that antedates life compare archean sense 1

Word History

Etymology

a- entry 2 + Greek zōē life — more at quick entry 1

First Known Use

1816, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of azoic was in 1816

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Cite this Entry

“Azoic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/azoic. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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