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[ee-uh-lith] /ˈi ə lɪθ/
a chipped stone of the late Tertiary Period in Europe once thought to have been flaked by humans but now known to be the product of natural, nonhuman agencies.
Origin of eolith
1890-95; eo- + -lith
Related forms
eolithic, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • To an earlier and longer epoch belongs the Prepalolithic or eolithic stage.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • To the east is the plateau of Kent, in which many flints of eolithic type have been found.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • The eolithic problem has aroused the most animated controversy, in which opinion is divided.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • In the last place will be mentioned criticism of the distribution of the eolithic type (Obermaier, 1908).

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
  • The distribution of the implements finds a weak spot in the defences of the eolithic partisans.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
British Dictionary definitions for eolithic


denoting, relating to, or characteristic of the early part of the Stone Age, characterized by the use of crude stone tools


a stone, usually crudely broken, used as a primitive tool in Eolithic times
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Word Origin and History for eolithic

1890, from French éolithique (1883), from eo- (see eo-) + French lithique, as in néolithique (see neolithic). Related: eolith (1890).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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