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British Dictionary definitions for palaeolithic


  1. the period of the emergence of primitive man and the manufacture of unpolished chipped stone tools, about 2.5 million to 3 million years ago until about 12 000 bc .See also Lower Palaeolithic, Middle Palaeolithic, Upper Palaeolithic
  1. (sometimes not capital) of or relating to this period
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Examples from the Web for palaeolithic

Historical Examples

  • It is doubtful whether Palaeolithic man has left any descendants.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • No Palaeolithic remains have ever been found in the Fen deposits.

    Notes on the Fenland

    T. McKenny Huges

  • It has retained for ages the culture of the middle Palaeolithic.

  • The Palaeolithic cave-dwellers of Europe were buried in their caves.

  • Koldewey curiously speaks of the saw–blades as 'palaeolithic.'