Meaning of “Pleistocene” in the English Dictionary

"Pleistocene" in British English

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uk /ˈplaɪ.stə.siːn/ us /ˈplaɪ.stoʊ.siːn/ specialized

from or referring to the period of time between around 1.8 million and 11,000 years ago, in which modern humans first appeared, and the Northern Hemisphere experienced an ice age:

the Pleistocene epoch
These are thought to be Pleistocene rocks.
the Pleistocene
noun [ S ] uk us

the Pleistocene epoch (= part of a period of time in the earth's history)

(Definition of “Pleistocene” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)