Definition of Palaeozoic in English:

Palaeozoic

(US Paleozoic)

adjective

Geology
  • 1Relating to or denoting the era between the Precambrian aeon and the Mesozoic era.

    Formerly called "Primary"
    • ‘In addition to the dominant Precambrian and Paleozoic rocks, there are small deposits of Mesozoic rocks on the island as well.’
    • ‘The studied sequence at the transition to the axial zone in NE Sardinia is estimated to have a Precambrian to Palaeozoic age.’
    • ‘Pre-Aptian structure reflects both Palaeozoic rifting and Mesozoic modification.’
    • ‘This tectonostratigraphy contains metamorphic rocks of both early Palaeozoic and Precambrian age with metamorphic grade generally increasing to the west.’
    • ‘Cliffs forming the margins of rifts are thought to have developed in this way, with retreat occurring since the Late Cretaceous in Precambrian to Palaeozoic rocks.’
    • ‘The Anatolian region has been formed by the amalgamation of smaller continental fragments that were formerly sited at the northern margin of Gondwana during late Palaeozoic and early Mesozoic times.’
    • ‘Rocks of late Precambrian and early Paleozoic age have yielded a variety of tiny spine-like fossils of dominantly organic or weakly phosphatic composition.’
    • ‘To the west of Siberia is the very large early Mesozoic and later Western Siberian Basin, which covers the Palaeozoic rocks and their sutures.’
    • ‘Under a thin Jurassic conglomerate a Palaeozoic succession of interbedded reddened sandstone, mudstone and basalt was preserved.’
    • ‘This idea is difficult to test, because data on Palaeozoic and Precambrian facies trends and structures are limited.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Palaeozoic The Palaeozoic era or the system of rocks deposited during it.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from palaeo- + Greek zōē ‘life’ + -ic.

Pronunciation

Palaeozoic

/ˌpalɪə(ʊ)ˈzəʊɪk//ˌpeɪlɪə(ʊ)ˈzəʊɪk/