or Abbe·vill·e·an

[ 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.

Origin of Abbevillian

< French abbevillien (1932); see Abbeville, -ian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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
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Scientific definitions for abbevillian

[ ăb′ə-vĭlē-ən ]

Relating to the earliest Paleolithic archaeological sites in Europe, characterized by bifacial stone hand axes.
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