Definition of Pliocene in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting the last epoch of the Tertiary period, between the Miocene and Pleistocene epochs.

    • ‘Nevertheless whatever the cause of folding in the Miocene sediments, the important point is that the Pliocene sediments have no sign of similar deformation and unconformably overlie the Miocene.’
    • ‘These species are widely distributed in Upper Miocene and Pliocene deposits in tropical America, forming a morphologically distinctive group.’
    • ‘Miocene to middle Pliocene species are widely distributed in Europe, Africa, Australia, North and South America.’
    • ‘The fossils from the formation represent organisms that thrived during the Pliocene epoch, at the end of the Tertiary period.’
    • ‘The sediments recovered are of Early Pleistocene to Late Pliocene age.’
    1. 1.1as noun the Pliocene The Pliocene epoch or the system of rocks deposited during it.


Mid 19th century: from Greek pleiōn ‘more’ + kainos ‘new’.