interglacial

noun
in·​ter·​gla·​cial | \ ˌin-tər-ˈglā-shəl How to pronounce interglacial (audio) \

Definition of interglacial

: a warm period between glacial epochs

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from interglacial

interglacial adjective

Examples of interglacial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Just like home Those ratios line up with climate models that suggest a wetter, more hospitable environment in Arabia, courtesy of a shift in Africa’s monsoons during periods of warmer global climate called interglacials. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists find 300,000-year-old stone tools in Saudi Arabia," 29 Oct. 2018 To begin with, there are far more signs of life during the interglacials, indicating that the area was probably covered by sea ice during glacial periods; sediments were much siltier during these times. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Major Antarctic ice sheet shrank when it wasn’t much warmer than now," 20 Sep. 2018 The present interglacial, which also has not featured a major ice sheet retreat, looks similar to the earlier one where the glaciers also remained stable. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Major Antarctic ice sheet shrank when it wasn’t much warmer than now," 20 Sep. 2018 Warm Air, Warm Ocean, Bad Juju Deconto and Pollard’s model shows how the West Antarctic ice could have collapsed 125,000 years ago, generating the high seas of the last interglacial. National Geographic, "Why the New Sea Level Alarm Can't Be Ignored," 1 Apr. 2016 The answers vary, since the span of possible ages for the site—120,000 to 140,000 years ago—cover the beginning of the last interglacial, the warm period before the last ice age. National Geographic, "Humans in California 130,000 Years Ago? Get the Facts," 26 Apr. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'interglacial.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of interglacial

1867, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about interglacial

Statistics for interglacial

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for interglacial

The first known use of interglacial was in 1867

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on interglacial

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with interglacial

Comments on interglacial

What made you want to look up interglacial? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a period when something is suspended

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Summer 2019 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a-bowl-of-peach-sorbet-with-cut-peaches-next-to-it
  • Which is a synonym of desideratum?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!