Gravettian

[gruh-vet-ee-uh n]
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an advanced Upper Paleolithic industry of Europe dating to c25,000 b.c. and characterized by straight, blunt-backed blades.

Origin of Gravettian

1935–40; after la Gravette on the Dordogne, France; see -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for gravettian

Gravettian

adjective
  1. of, referring to, or characteristic of an Upper Palaeolithic culture, characterized esp by small pointed blades with blunt backs

Word Origin for Gravettian

C20: from La Gravette on the Dordogne, France
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