glacial-period

glacial epoch

noun
1.
Also called glacial period, ice age. the geologically recent Pleistocene Epoch, during which much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered by great ice sheets.
2.
any one of the Permian, Carboniferous, Cambrian, or Precambrian glaciations.

Origin:
1840–50

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glacial epoch

noun
1. any period of time during which glaciers covered a large part of the earth's surface; "the most recent ice age was during the Pleistocene" [syn: ice age
2. from two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution [syn: Pleistocene
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