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Stone Age

the period in the history of humankind, preceding the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, and marked by the use of stone implements and weapons: subdivided into the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods.
Origin of Stone Age
First recorded in 1860-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • An atlatl was the weapon which had replaced the stone axe in the Stone Age.

    The Hohokam Dig Theodore Pratt
  • They may all be said to have been in the “Stone Age,” as the weapons and utensils were mostly of stone.

    The Annals of the Cakchiquels Daniel G. Brinton
  • Mars looked as remote and changeless as it must have looked in the Stone Age.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • Most of them go back to the Stone Age, but some belong to the bronze epoch.

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
  • This, therefore, was in fact a habitation belonging to the Stone Age.

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for Stone Age

Stone Age

a period in human culture identified by the use of stone implements and usually divided into the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic stages
(sometimes not capitals) of or relating to this period: stone-age man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Stone Age in Science
Stone Age  
The earliest known period of human culture, marked by the use of stone tools. See Mesolithic, Neolithic, Paleolithic. See Note at Three Age system.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Stone Age in Culture

Stone Age definition

A period encompassing all of human history, perhaps several million years, before the Bronze Age. In the Stone Age, people learned to make and use stone tools and weapons.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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