[kri-tey-shuh s] /krɪˈteɪ ʃəs/
resembling or containing chalk.
(initial capital letter) Geology. noting or pertaining to a period of the Mesozoic Era, from 140 million to 65 million years ago, characterized by the greatest development and subsequent extinction of dinosaurs and the advent of flowering plants and modern insects.
(initial capital letter) Geology. the Cretaceous Period or System.
consisting of or resembling chalk
of, denoting, or formed in the last period of the Mesozoic era, between the Jurassic and Tertiary periods, lasting 80 million years during which chalk deposits were formed and flowering plants first appeared
the Cretaceous, the Cretaceous period or rock system
1670s, “chalky,” from Latin cretaceus “chalk-like,” from creta “chalk.” As a geological period (with a capital C-), it was first used 1832. The extensive chalk beds of southeastern England were laid down during the Cretaceous.
The third and last period of the Mesozoic Era, from about 144 to 65 million years ago. During this time the supercontinent Pangaea continued to split up, with modern-day South America and Africa splitting apart, the Atlantic Ocean widening, and India disconnecting itself entirely from the other landmasses to which it was attached. Dinosaurs continued to be the dominant terrestrial animals, but many insect groups, modern mammals and birds, and the angiosperms (flowering plants) also first appeared. The Cretaceous Period ended with a mass extinction event in which about 75 percent of all species, including marine, freshwater, and terrestrial organisms, became extinct. See Chart at geologic time.
[kreet-n] /ˈkrit n/ adjective 1. of or relating to the island of Crete or its inhabitants. noun 2. a native or inhabitant of Crete. /ˈkriːtən/ adjective 1. of or relating to Crete or its inhabitants noun 2. a native or inhabitant of Crete n. Old English Cretense (plural), from Latin Cretanus (singular); see Crete. They […]
noun, Greek Legend. 1. a savage bull, captured on Crete by Hercules and allowed to roam near Marathon in Greece until captured by Theseus.
[kreet] /krit/ noun 1. Formerly Candia. a Greek island in the Mediterranean, SE of mainland Greece. 3235 sq. mi. (8380 sq. km). Capital: Canea. 2. Sea of, a part of the S Aegean Sea lying between the Cyclades Islands and Crete. /kriːt/ noun 1. a mountainous island in the E Mediterranean, the largest island of […]
[am-fim-uh-ser] /æmˈfɪm ə sər/ noun, Prosody. 1. a trisyllabic foot, the arrangement of the syllables of which is long, short, long in quantitative meter, or stressed, unstressed, stressed in accentual meter, as anodyne, an accentual amphimacer. /ˈkriːtɪk/ noun 1. (prosody) a metrical foot consisting of three syllables, the first long, the second short, and the […]