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[gruh-vet-ee-uh n]
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  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.
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Origin of Gravettian

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


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

C20: from La Gravette on the Dordogne, France
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