- of or designating a Mesoamerican civilization, c1000–400 b.c., along the southern Gulf coast of Mexico, characterized by extensive agriculture, a dating system, long-distance trade networks, pyramids and ceremonial centers, and very fine jade work.
- a member of the ancient people who belonged to the Olmec civilization.
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Examples from the Web for olmec
And as they went Conan's iron fingers found and locked in Olmec's bull-throat.
Conan heard Olmec call a woman and direct her to bandage Valeria's leg.
"Your guest does not like your wine, Olmec," spoke a cool, sardonic voice.
While Olmec talked, Valeria felt the blazing eyes of Tascela fixed upon her.
Olmec hurried on down the corridor, and descended a winding ivory staircase.
- a member of an ancient Central American Indian people who inhabited the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico and flourished between about 1200 and 400 bc
- of or relating to these people or their civilization or culture
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Word Origin and History for olmec
1787, from Nahuatl Olmecatl (plural Olmeca), literally "inhabitant of the rubber country."
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