The following is a summary of the biblical evidence presented on this website regarding the age of the earth.
Our English expression: "The dawning of an age" serves to illustrate this point.
The intended meaning of the word should be determined from the context.
By cross referencing the biblical genealogies with other events dated in the Bible, one can find instances where numerous genealogies were telescoped, resulting in the exclusion of numerous generations of individuals.
When examining individual genealogies, one can find examples where individuals are excluded or added to the lists found in Genesis.
Plants spouted, grew to maturity, and produced seeds. However, the text clearly states that the (soulish) animals, including the wild animals (carnivores), cattle (herbivores) and "creeping things" (rodents? Then God created Adam, the first man (Genesis , 2:7).
He placed the man into a special garden that He had planted (Genesis 2:8).
The fact that the genealogies of the Bible are given symmetrically (where the numbers of generations in each group are identical) lends credence to the argument that they are representative of generations found throughout human history.
More information about the biblical genealogies can be found in our article, Most people who read English translations of the Bible assume that the English words have the same meaning as the original languages in which the Bible was written (Hebrew and Aramaic for the Old Testament, and Greek for the New Testament).
Again, God was playing farmer by planting the garden and letting it grow (Genesis 2:9).