Definition of interglacial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈɡlāSH(ə)l/


Relating to a period of milder climate between two glacial periods. Compare with interstadial.
Example sentences
  • It is well known that there were at least seven glacial and interglacial cycles with a period of 100,000 years in the last 700,000 years.
  • During the early 1970s, most climate experts came to agree that interglacial periods tended to end more abruptly than had been supposed.
  • Over the last half-million years or so, warm interglacial periods have been much shorter than the cold glaciations, lasting on average only 10,000 years.


An interglacial period.
Example sentences
  • Preceding and separating the cold glacial periods were three main interglacials (Cromerian, Hoxnian, and Ipswichian) when the climate was rather warmer.
  • In between the ice ages, interglacials generally lasted about 10,000 years, which isn't long at all.
  • These glaciers advanced during the four ice ages (glacial periods) and retreated during the three interglacials.

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Syllabification: in·ter·gla·cial

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