Oligocene (adj.) 1856, "pertaining to the Tertiary period between the Eocene and the Miocene," coined in German (1854) by Heinrich Ernst von Beyrich, from OLIGO- (Cf. oligo-) "small, little, few" + -CENE (Cf. -cene). So called because few modern fossils were found in Oligocene rocks.

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  • Oligocene — Ol i*go*cene, a. [Oligo + Gr. ? new, recent.] (Geol.) Of, pertaining to, or designating, certain strata which occupy an intermediate position between the Eocene and Miocene periods. n. The Oligocene period. See the Chart of {Geology}. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Oligocene — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: circa 1859 of, relating to, or being an epoch of the Tertiary between the Eocene and Miocene or the corresponding series of rocks see geologic time table • Oligocene noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Oligocene — /ol i goh seen /, Geol. adj. 1. noting or pertaining to an epoch of the Tertiary Period, occurring from 40 to 25 million years ago. See table under geologic time. n. 2. the Oligocene Epoch or Series. [1855 60; OLIGO + CENE] * * * …   Universalium

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