One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
- ‘Changes in Mesozoic and Cenozoic thicknesses and facies across the northsouth faults indicate their pre-collisional origins.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The late Jurassic, Cretaceous and Cenozoic sedimentary record from northern Chile is dominated entirely by sediments deposited under an arid to semiarid climate.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.1as noun the Cenozoic The Cenozoic era, or the system of rocks deposited during it.
Mid 19th century: from Greek kainos ‘new’ + zōion ‘animal’ + -ic.
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