One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Of, relating to, or designating an era following the Palaeozoic era, comprising both the Mesozoic and Cenozoic (Cainozoic) eras.
2Frequently with the. Of, belonging to, or designating the most recent era; = "Cainozoic".
The Neozoic era; the rocks collectively dating from this time.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Edward Forbes (1815–1854), natural historian. From neo- + -zoic, after Palaeozoic.
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