Definition of Palaeocene in English:


(US Paleocene)


  • 1Relating to or denoting the earliest epoch of the Tertiary period, between the Cretaceous period and the Eocene epoch.

    • ‘Both polar and Tethyan dispersal routes have been well documented for Cretaceous and Paleocene decapod crustaceans.’
    • ‘Terrestrial deposits contain fossils ranging from Paleocene leaf imprints to Cretaceous dinosaur remains.’
    • ‘Initiation of a cold, upwelling current off the west coast of South America dates back to latest Cretaceous to earliest Palaeocene times.’
    • ‘Echinoids are among the most conspicuous and diverse constituents of the Upper Cretaceous and Paleocene marine invertebrate fauna of Argentina.’
    • ‘This trend is evident at a coarse scale in a comparison of the combined rarefaction curves for sites from the uppermost 15 m of the Cretaceous against all Paleocene sites.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Palaeocene The Palaeocene epoch or the system of rocks deposited during it.


Late 19th century: from palaeo- + Greek kainos ‘new’.