Definitions for holoceneˈhɒl əˌsin, ˈhoʊ lə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Holocene, Holocene epoch, Recent, Recent epoch(noun)

    approximately the last 10,000 years


  1. Holocene(Noun)

    The Holocene epoch.

  2. Holocene(Adjective)

    Of a geologic epoch within the Neogene period from about 11,000 years ago to the present; the age of man.


  1. Holocene

    The Holocene is a geological epoch which began at the end of the Pleistocene and continues to the present. The Holocene is part of the Quaternary period. Its name comes from the Greek words ὅλος and καινός, meaning "entirely recent". It has been identified with the current warm period, known as MIS 1 and based on that past evidence, can be considered an interglacial in the current ice age. The Holocene also encompasses within it the growth and impacts of the human species world-wide, including all its written history and overall significant transition toward urban living in the present. Human impacts of the modern era on the Earth and its ecosystems may be considered of global significance for future evolution of living species, including approximately synchronous lithospheric evidence, or more recently atmospheric evidence of human impacts. Given these, a new term Anthropocene, is specifically proposed and used informally only for the very latest part of modern history and of significant human impact since the epoch of the Neolithic Revolution.

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