from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A cold period marked by extensive glaciation.
  • noun The most recent glacial period, which occurred during the Pleistocene Epoch.

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  • noun Any of several cold periods in the history of the earth marked by episodes of extensive glaciation alternating with episodes of relative warmth.

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  • noun any period of time during which glaciers covered a large part of the earth's surface


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