ice age

noun

Definition of ice age

1 : a time of widespread glaciation
2 capitalized I&A : the Pleistocene glacial epoch

Examples of ice age in a Sentence

changes that occurred during the last ice age
Recent Examples on the Web Earlier excavations in White Sands National Park have uncovered fossilized tracks left by a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, Columbian mammoth and other ice age animals. Christina Larson, Anchorage Daily News, 24 Sep. 2021 The melting of the North American ice sheets toward the end of the ice age, around 13,000 years ago, opened up migration routes between what's now Siberia and Alaska. Katie Hunt, CNN, 25 Sep. 2021 Earlier excavations in White Sands National Park have uncovered fossilized tracks left by a saber-toothed cat, dire wolf, Columbian mammoth and other ice age animals. Wire Reports, oregonlive, 25 Sep. 2021 Layers of sediment bearing trackways of humans and large ice age animals, or megafauna, have eroded, moved around and exposed layers over time. Algernon D'ammassa, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2021 One occurred in 7176 B.C., as nomadic hunter-gatherer societies gave way to agrarian settlements, and the other did so in 5259 B.C., as the planet emerged from the final throes of its latest ice age. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, 13 Sep. 2021 The results came as a shock: The ditch grass had grown thousands of years before the end of the last ice age. New York Times, 23 Sep. 2021 During the most recent ice age, glaciers in the Alps and Scandinavia divided an ancestral population of crows into two. Ben Crair, The New Yorker, 21 Sep. 2021 The seafloor was decompressing from the Weichselian glaciation—an enormous sheet of ice that pressed down on the land during a previous ice age. Vincent Ialenti, Scientific American, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of ice age

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Ice age.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ice%20age. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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ice age

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ice age

: a time in the distant past when a large part of the world was covered with ice

ice age

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Kids Definition of ice age

: a period of time during which much of the earth is covered with glaciers

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