Of a geologic epoch within the Neogene period from about 1.7 million to 11,000 years ago; marked by the evolution of man, and the extinction of the large mammals.
2. noun
The Pleistocene epoch.

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  • Pleistocene — [plīs′tə sēn΄] adj. [< Gr pleistos, most, superl. of polys, much (see POLY ) + CENE] [sometimes p ] designating or of the first geologic epoch of the Quaternary Period, characterized by a series of advancing and retreating continental glaciers …   English World dictionary

  • Pleistocene — Pleis to*cene, a. [Gr. ? most + ? new.] (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the epoch, or the deposits, following the Tertiary, and immediately preceding man. n. The Pleistocene epoch, or deposits. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pleistocene — pertaining to the glacial period, 1839, coined by Lyell from Gk. pleistos most (superl. of polys much; see POLY (Cf. poly )) + kainos new (see RECENT (Cf. recent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Pleistocene — ► ADJECTIVE Geology ▪ relating to the first epoch of the Quaternary period (between the Pliocene and Holocene epochs, from 1.64 million to about 10,000 years ago), a time which included the ice ages and the appearance of humans. ORIGIN from Greek …   English terms dictionary

  • Pleistocene — The Pleistocene (IPAEng| plaɪstəsi:n) is the epoch from 1.8 million to 10,000 years BP covering the world s recent period of repeated glaciations. The name pleistocene is derived from the Greek Polytonic|πλεῖστος ( pleistos most ) and… …   Wikipedia

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  • PLÉISTOCÈNE — adj. des deux genres T. de Géologie Qui appartient au début de l’ère quaternaire. L’époque pléistocène. Un terrain pléistocène …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • Pleistocene — adjective Etymology: Greek pleistos most + International Scientific Vocabulary cene; akin to Greek pleiōn more Date: 1839 of, relating to, or being the earlier epoch of the Quaternary or the corresponding series of rocks see geologic time table • …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pleistocene — /pluy steuh seen /, Geol. adj. 1. noting or pertaining to the epoch forming the earlier half of the Quaternary Period, beginning about two million years ago and ending 10,000 years ago, characterized by widespread glacial ice and the advent of… …   Universalium

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