What does the word tertiary mean?

Usage examples for tertiary

  1. This monkey- like animal itself, again, is the product of special antecedent causes, filling a particular place in a particular tertiary fauna and flora, and impossible even in the fauna and flora of our own earth and our own tropics before the evolution of those succulent fruits and grain- like seeds, for feeding on which it was specially adapted. – The British Barbarians by Grant Allen
  2. But I do not believe that Byron has passed, by any means, and I do not think that Tennyson has been proved to be a secondary or a tertiary poet. – Views and Reviews by Henry James
  3. I am only able to say, that the fossils were generally found in tertiary deposits, and were plentiful in quantity, but the variety was not great. – A Peep into Toorkisthhan by Rollo Burslem

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