recent, new, or, esp., designating a (specified) epoch in the Cenozoic Era: Miocene
Origin of -cene; from Classical Greek kainos, recent ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ken-, new from source Classical Latin recens, recent
Recent. Used in names of geological periods: Oligocene.
Origin of -ceneFrom Greek kainos, new; see ken- in Indo-European roots.
- (genetics) A control gene