Ar·che·an also Ar·chae·an (är-kēən)
1. Of, relating to, or being the older of the two divisions of Precambrian time, from about 3.8 to 2.5 billion years ago, marked by an atmosphere with little free oxygen, the formation of the first rocks and oceans, and the development of unicellular life. See Table at geologic time.
2. Of, relating to, or being the oldest known rocks, those of the Precambrian Eon, that are predominantly igneous in composition.
The Archean Eon. Also called Archeozoic.
[From Greek arkhaios, ancient; see ARCHAIC.]
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