pre-Columbian
adjective Date: 1888 preceding or belonging to the time before the arrival of Columbus in America

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pre-Columbian — pre Co|lum|bi|an [ ,prikɔ lʌmbiən ] adjective relating to the time before 1492 when Columbus came to the Americas: pre Columbian Mexican art …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pre-Columbian — [prē΄kə lum′bē ən] adj. of any period in the history of the Western Hemisphere before Columbus arrived in America …   English World dictionary

  • Pre-Columbian — The pre Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the American continents. While technically referring to the era before… …   Wikipedia

  • pre-Columbian — adj. before the discovery of America by Columbus. * * * pre Columbian 7 [ˌpriː kəˈlʌmbiən] [ˌpriː kəˈlʌmbiən] adjective connected with N and S America and their cultures before the arrival of Columbus in 1492   Culture: Pre Columbian North… …   Useful english dictionary

  • pre-Columbian — /pree keuh lum bee euhn/, adj. of or pertaining to the Americas before the arrival of Columbus: pre Columbian art; pre Columbian Indians. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • pre-Columbian — UK [ˌpriːkəˈlʌmbɪən] / US [ˌprɪkɔˈlʌmbɪən] adjective relating to the time before 1492 when Columbus came to the Americas pre Columbian Mexican art …   English dictionary

  • pre-Columbian — /ˌpri kəˈlʌmbiən/ (say .pree kuh lumbeeuhn) adjective of, relating to, or belonging to the period before the discovery of America by Columbus: pre Columbian civilisations. {from Christopher Columbus} …   Australian English dictionary

  • pre-Columbian — pre Co•lum•bi•an [[t]ˌpri kəˈlʌm bi ən[/t]] adj. of or pertaining to the Americas before the arrival of Columbus • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • pre-Columbian — (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. before the discovery of America, old world, pre American, Mayan, Aztecan, Indian, Eskimo; see also ancient 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • pre-Columbian — adjective Referring to the cultures of the American continent before the European influence, specifically to the era before the continent was visited by …   Wiktionary

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