Paleolithic
adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1865 of or relating to the earliest period of the Stone Age characterized by rough or chipped stone implements

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  • Paleolithic — [pā΄lē ə lith′ik] adj. [ PALEO + LITHIC] [sometimes p ] designating or of an Old World cultural period ( c. 2 million c. 10,000 B.C. ) before the Mesolithic, characterized by the use of flint, stone, and bone tools, hunting, fishing, and the… …   English World dictionary

  • Paleolithic — Pa le*o*lith ic, a. (Geol.) Of or pertaining to an era marked by early stone implements. The Paleolithic era (as proposed by Lubbock) includes the earlier half of the Stone Age; the remains belonging to it are for the most part of extinct animals …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paleolithic — (adj.) of or pertaining to the Earlier Stone Age (opposed to neolithic), 1865, coined by John Lubbock, later Baron Avebury (1834 1913), from PALEO (Cf. paleo ) + Gk. lithos stone …   Etymology dictionary

  • Paleolithic — The Paleolithic This box: view · talk · edit ↑ before Homo (Plioc …   Wikipedia

  • Paleolithic — noun second part of the Stone Age beginning about 750,00 to 500,000 years BC and lasting until the end of the last ice age about 8,500 years BC • Syn: ↑Paleolithic Age, ↑Palaeolithic • Instance Hypernyms: ↑time period, ↑period of time, ↑period •… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Paleolithic — /pay lee euh lith ik/ or, esp. Brit., /pal ee /, adj. (sometimes l.c.) Anthropol. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the cultures of the late Pliocene and the Pleistocene epochs, or early phase of the Stone Age, which appeared first in… …   Universalium

  • Paleolithic — Pa•le•o•lith•ic [[t]ˌpeɪ li əˈlɪθ ɪk[/t]] esp. brit. [[t]ˌpæl i [/t]] adj. ara (sometimes l.c.) of, designating, or characteristic of the early phase of the Stone Age: usu. divided into three periods (Lower Paleolithic c2,000,000–c200,000… …   From formal English to slang

  • Paleolithic — 1. noun /ˈpeɪl.ɪi.əʊˌlɪɵ.ɪk,ˈpæl.ɪi.oʊˌlɪɵ.ɪk/ A period that lasted from two and a half million years ago to 10,000 BC; the Old Stone Age. Syn: Old Stone Age See Also: lith 2. adjective /ˈpeɪl.ɪi.əʊˌlɪɵ.ɪk,ˈpæl.ɪi.oʊˌlɪɵ.ɪk/ Of or referring to… …   Wiktionary

  • paleolithic — pal|e|o|lith|ic also palaeolithic BrE [ˌpæliəuˈlıθık, ˌpeı US ˌpeıliou ] adj often Paleolithic [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: paleo + Greek lithos stone ] relating to the ↑Stone Age (=the period of time thousands of years ago when people used stone… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • paleolithic — adjective of or relating to the second period of the Stone Age (following the eolithic) paleolithic artifacts • Syn: ↑palaeolithic • Pertains to noun: ↑Stone Age (for: ↑palaeolithic), ↑Paleolithic Age …   Useful english dictionary

  • paleolithic — adjective Often used more generally to suggest that something is extremely outdated. These laws are absolutely paleolithic …   Wiktionary

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