a geological era ca. 570-245 million years ago comprising the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Carboniferous and Permian periods. Also spelled Paleozoic

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  • Palaeozoic — (US Paleozoic) ► ADJECTIVE Geology ▪ relating to the era between the Precambrian aeon and the Mesozoic era, about 570 to 245 million years ago, which ended with the rise to dominance of the reptiles. ORIGIN from Greek palaios ancient + z life …   English terms dictionary

  • palaeozoic — eo·palaeozoic; …   English syllables

  • Palaeozoic — /pæliəˈzoʊɪk/ (say paleeuh zohik), /peɪ / (say pay ) adjective 1. relating to the oldest geological era or rocks having abundant fossils; the age of ancient life. –noun Also, Palaeozoic era. 2. the era or rocks comprising divisions from Cambrian… …  

  • palaeozoic — adj. of the Paleozoic Era, pertaining to the early geological period in which fish reptile and insects first appeared on Earth …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Palaeozoic — [ˌpalɪə(ʊ) zəʊɪk, ˌpeɪ ] (US Paleozoic) adjective Geology relating to or denoting the era between the Precambrian aeon and the Mesozoic era, about 570 to 245 million years ago. Origin C19: from palaeo + Gk zōē life + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • Palaeozoic — adj. & n. (also Paleozoic) Geol. adj. of or relating to an era of geological time marked by the appearance of marine and terrestrial plants and animals, esp. invertebrates. Usage: Cf. Appendix II. n. this era (cf. CENOZOIC, MESOZOIC). Etymology:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre-Palaeozoic — adj. * * * …   Universalium

  • pre-Palaeozoic — adj …   Useful english dictionary

  • Paleozoic — Palaeozoic …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • Палеозой — (Palaeozoic, амер. Paleozoic)Palaeozoic, геологическая эра между докембрием и мезозоем. Она охватывает периоды: кембрийский, ордовикский, силурийский, девонский, каменноугольный, пермский. П. начался примерно 590 млн. лет назад с возникновения… …   Страны мира. Словарь

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