adjective Etymology: Abbeville, France Date: circa 1934 of or relating to an early Lower Paleolithic culture of Europe characterized by bifacial stone hand axes

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  • Abbevillian — biface flake from the Douro river region near Valladolid, Spain. It is unretouched and is not distinguishable from Olduwan. The one small spot of smaller flaking on one edge may indicate that it is borderline between Olduwan and Acheulean. Both… …   Wikipedia

  • Abbevillian — [ab΄ə vil′ē ən, ab vil′ē ən; ab΄əvil′yən, abvil′yən] adj. [after Abbeville, town in N France] designating or of a Lower Paleolithic culture characterized by stone hand axes …   English World dictionary

  • Abbevillian — /ab vil ee euhn, vil yeuhn, ab euh vil /, adj. of, pertaining to, or typical of an early Lower Paleolithic industry of the middle Pleistocene Epoch in Europe, characterized by the manufacture of large flakes and hand axes; Chellean. Also,… …   Universalium

  • Abbevillian — 1. adjective Of, or relating to any of various early Paleolithic sites, particularly in Europe, that are characterized by the presence of bifacial stone axes. 2. noun The early Paleolithic stage or tradition characterized by the presence of …   Wiktionary

  • abbevillian — ab·be·vill·i·an …   English syllables

  • Abbevillian — Abbe•vill•i•an or Abbe•vill•e•an [[t]æbˌvɪl i ən, ˈvɪl yən, ˌæb əˈvɪl [/t]] adj. ara of or designating an early Lower Paleolithic industry of the middle Pleistocene Epoch in Europe, characterized by manufacture of large flakes and hand axes •… …   From formal English to slang

  • Abbevillian — /æbəˈvɪliən/ (say abuh vileeuhn), / jən/ (say yuhn) adjective of, relating to, or characteristic of a Palaeolithic culture in Europe, marked by the use of crude stone hand axes; Chellean. Also, Abbevillean. {named after Abbeville, town in France… …   Australian English dictionary

  • abbevillian — n. & adj. n. the culture of the earliest palaeolithic period in Europe. adj. of this culture. Etymology: F Abbevillien f. Abbeville in N. France …   Useful english dictionary

  • Abbevillian industry — ▪ archaeology       prehistoric stone tool tradition generally considered to represent the oldest occurrence in Europe of a bifacial (hand ax) technology. The Abbevillian industry dates from an imprecisely determined part of the Middle… …   Universalium

  • αμπεβίλιος πολιτισμός — (abbevillian). Πολιτισμός της κατώτερης παλαιολιθικής περιόδου, που χαρακτηρίζεται κυρίως από τα αμυγδαλοειδούς σχήματος χονδροειδή λαξευτά εργαλεία. Ονομάστηκε έτσι από τη γαλλική πόλη Αμπεβίλ, γιατί στην ευρύτερη περιοχή της ο μελετητής της… …   Dictionary of Greek

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