a combining form used in the names of cultural phases in archaeology characterized by the use of a particular type of tool: Chalcolithic; Neolithic.
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Origin of -lithic
see origin at lithic
Words nearby -lithic
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British Dictionary definitions for -lithic
adj combining form
(in anthropology) relating to the use of stone implements in a specified cultural periodNeolithic
Word Origin for -lithic
from Greek lithikos, from lithos stone
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