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Azilian

[uh-zeel-yuh n, -ee-uh n, uh-zil-]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an early Mesolithic culture of southern France and northern Spain.

Origin of Azilian

1895–1900; named after Mas d'Azil, village in Ariège, S France, near where remains of the culture were found; see -ian
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Examples from the Web for azilian

Historical Examples

  • These are the Azilian, the Tardenoisian, and the Maglemosian.

    Ancient Man in Britain</p>

    Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie

  • These skeletons lay in the 'Azilian' layer (VI) described below.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • Azilian, red archological layer, masses of peroxide of iron.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • The subsequent Azilian and Eneolithic cultures were crowded under the very roof of the grotto at the sides.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • The transformation of art and industry, indicated in the Azilian culture layer, is as decided as that in the animal life.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn


British Dictionary definitions for azilian

Azilian

noun
  1. a Palaeolithic culture of Spain and SW France that can be dated to the 10th millennium bc, characterized by flat bone harpoons and schematically painted pebbles
adjective
  1. of or relating to this culture

Word Origin

C19: named after Mas d' Azil, France, where artefacts were found
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