Topic: GEOLOGY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: epocha, from Greek epoche 'ending, fixed point', from epechein 'to stop for a time, hold back'

epoch

noun
     
e‧poch [countable]
SH a period of history [= era]:
the Victorian epoch
The king's death marked the end of an epoch.
the beginning of a new epoch

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