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CRETACEOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Cretaceous mean? 

CRETACEOUS (noun)
  The noun CRETACEOUS has 1 sense:

1. from 135 million to 63 million years ago; end of the age of reptiles; appearance of modern insects and flowering plants

  Familiarity information: CRETACEOUS used as a noun is very rare.


CRETACEOUS (adjective)
  The adjective CRETACEOUS has 2 senses:

1. abounding in chalk
2. of or relating to or denoting the third period of the Mesozoic era

  Familiarity information: CRETACEOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CRETACEOUS (noun)


Sense 1Cretaceous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

From 135 million to 63 million years ago; end of the age of reptiles; appearance of modern insects and flowering plants

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Synonyms:

Cretaceous; Cretaceous period

Instance hypernyms:

geological period; period (a unit of geological time during which a system of rocks formed)

Holonyms ("Cretaceous" is a part of...):

Age of Reptiles; Mesozoic; Mesozoic era (from 230 million to 63 million years ago)


CRETACEOUS (adjective)


Sense 1cretaceous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Abounding in chalk

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

chalk (a soft whitish calcite)


Sense 2Cretaceous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to or denoting the third period of the Mesozoic era

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Pertainym:

Cretaceous (from 135 million to 63 million years ago; end of the age of reptiles; appearance of modern insects and flowering plants)


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