[in-ter-gley-shuh l] /ˌɪn tərˈgleɪ ʃəl/

adjective, Geology.
occurring or formed between times of action.
/ˌɪntəˈɡleɪsɪəl; -ʃəl/
occurring or formed between periods of glacial action
a period of comparatively warm climate between two glaciations, esp of the Pleistocene epoch

1867, from German, coined 1865 by Swiss naturalist Oswald Heer (1809-1883); see inter- + glacial.
Adjective Occurring between glacial epochs.

Noun A comparatively short period of warmth during an overall period of glaciation. Interglacials are characterized both by the melting of ice and by a change in vegetation.


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