Definition of Cenozoic in English:

Cenozoic

(also Cainozoic)

adjective

Geology
  • 1Relating to or denoting the most recent era, following the Mesozoic era and comprising the Tertiary and Quaternary periods.

    • ‘Such giant cephalopods play or played a similar ecological role of top predator to that of Devonian arthrodire placoderms, Mesozoic pliosaurs and Cenozoic toothed whales.’
    • ‘The late Jurassic, Cretaceous and Cenozoic sedimentary record from northern Chile is dominated entirely by sediments deposited under an arid to semiarid climate.’
    • ‘Thus uplift and exhumation of metamorphic basement rocks and ductile thrust fabrics in Karlik Tagh are a combination of Mesozoic and Cenozoic thrusting and erosion.’
    • ‘Most deposits are of Mesozoic or Cenozoic age, but some Palaeozoic examples are known, such as those in the Appalachian orogen of Canada and the United States.’
    • ‘Changes in Mesozoic and Cenozoic thicknesses and facies across the northsouth faults indicate their pre-collisional origins.’
    1. 1.1The Cenozoic era, or the system of rocks deposited during it.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek kainos new + zōion animal + -ic.

Pronunciation:

Cenozoic

/ˌsiːnəˈzəʊɪk/