[ uh-teer-ee-uhn ]
/ əˈtɪər i ən /
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of or indicating a Middle Paleolithic industry of northwestern Africa and the Sahara, characterized by the production of tanged points and bifacially worked leaf-shaped points of varying sizes.
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Origin of Aterian
1925–30; <French atérien, after the type-site, Bir el Ater, Algeria; see -ian
Words nearby Aterian
atemporal, Aten, Aten asteroid, atenolol, a tergo, Aterian, à terre, at every turn, at face value, take, at fault, at first
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