[ ab-vil-ee-uh n, -vil-yuh n, ab-uh-vil- ]
/ æbˌvɪl i ən, -ˈvɪl yən, ˌæb əˈvɪl- /
of, relating to, or typical of an early Lower Paleolithic industry of the middle Pleistocene Epoch in Europe, characterized by the manufacture of large flakes and hand axes; Chellean.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
British Dictionary definitions for abbevillian
/ (æbˈvɪlɪən, -jən) archaeol /
the period represented by Lower Palaeolithic European sites containing the earliest hand axes, dating from the Mindel glaciationSee also Acheulian
of or relating to this period
Word Origin for Abbevillian
C20: after Abbeville, where the stone tools were discovered
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Science definitions for abbevillian
[ ăb′ə-vĭl′ē-ən ]
Relating to the earliest Paleolithic archaeological sites in Europe, characterized by bifacial stone hand axes.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.