- a chipped stone of the late Tertiary Period in Europe once thought to have been flaked by humans but now known to be the product of natural, nonhuman agencies.
Origin of eolith
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Examples from the Web for eolithic
The Eolithic problem has aroused the most animated controversy, in which opinion is divided.
To the east is the plateau of Kent, in which many flints of Eolithic type have been found.
In the last place will be mentioned criticism of the distribution of the eolithic type (Obermaier, 1908).
The distribution of the implements finds a weak spot in the defences of the eolithic partisans.
To an earlier and longer epoch belongs the Prepalolithic or Eolithic stage.
- denoting, relating to, or characteristic of the early part of the Stone Age, characterized by the use of crude stone tools
- a stone, usually crudely broken, used as a primitive tool in Eolithic times
Word Origin and History for eolithic
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