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Abbevillian

or Abbe·vill·e·an

[ab-vil-ee-uh n, -vil-yuh n, ab-uh-vil-]
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  1. of, relating 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.
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Origin of Abbevillian

< French abbevillien (1932); see Abbeville, -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for abbevillian

Abbevillian

noun
  1. the period represented by Lower Palaeolithic European sites containing the earliest hand axes, dating from the Mindel glaciationSee also Acheulian
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adjective
  1. of or relating to this period
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Word Origin

C20: after Abbeville, where the stone tools were discovered
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abbevillian in Science

Abbevillian

[ăb′ə-vĭlē-ən]
  1. Relating to the earliest Paleolithic archaeological sites in Europe, characterized by bifacial stone hand axes.
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