MEANING: noun: A distinctive time period in history.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin epocha, from Greek epoche (stoppage, pause), from epi- (upon) + ekhein (to stay or hold). Ultimately from the Indo-European root segh- (to hold), which also gave us hectic, scheme, scholar, cathect, and asseverate. Earliest documented use: 1614.

SPOCH - the Enterprise's ultra-logical Science Officer

ESP, OCH - Extrasensory perception, as practiced in Scotland

EPOACH - 'e's not allowed to hunt on my property, but 'e does it anyway