post·​gla·​cial ˌpōst-ˈglā-shəl How to pronounce postglacial (audio)
: existing or occurring during the time following a glacial period
postglacial volcanism
postglacial climate change

Examples of postglacial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Known as Magdalenians, these first postglacial pioneers appear genetically similar across Europe—and are a perfect match for DNA obtained from a 15,000-year-old bone found in Gough’s Cave, in what is today southwestern England. Byandrew Curry,, 24 Oct. 2022 In the case of the most recent quake, the postglacial rebound torqued the crust around the fault in a way that increased stress near the epicenter as well. David Bressan, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 The date places the statue at a time when forests were spreading across a warmer, postglacial Eurasia. Andrew Curry, Science | AAAS, 25 Apr. 2018 Scientists at the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey in Madison said at the time that the low-intensity seismic activity could have been produced by a phenomenon known as postglacial rebounding. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2017 The flat postglacial geography of the sluggish Chicago River and its adjacent swamps marked the narrow southwestern edge of the Great Lakes watershed, the perfect spot for a canal to connect the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River watershed. Bill Savage, Chicago Reader, 22 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of postglacial was in 1851

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“Postglacial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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