in·​ter·​sta·​di·​al ˌin-tər-ˈstā-dē-əl How to pronounce interstadial (audio)
: a subdivision within a glacial stage marking a temporary retreat of the ice

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web But the more likely explanation, says Dalen, is that the massive change in climate during the Bølling–Allerød interstadial drove the rhino into oblivion. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 Aug. 2020 This event, called the Bølling-Allerød interstadial, happened between 12,890 and 14,690 years ago. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 13 Aug. 2020

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Word History


International Scientific Vocabulary inter- + New Latin stadium stage, phase, from Latin — more at stadium

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of interstadial was in 1914

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Cite this Entry

“Interstadial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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