Qua*ter"na*ry (?), a. [L. quaternarius consisting of four each, containing four, fr. quaterni four each, fr. quattuor four: cf. F. quaternaire. See Four.]

1.

Consisting of four; by fours, or in sets of four.

2. Geol.

Later than, or subsequent to, the Tertiary; Post-tertiary; as, the Quaternary age, or Age of man.

 

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Qua*ter"na*ry, n. [L. numerus quaternarius: cf. F. quaternaire.]

1.

The number four.

Boyle.

2. Geol.

The Quaternary age, era, or formation. See the Chart of Geology.

 

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