[ huh-lah-fee-uh n ]
/ həˈlɑ fi ən /


of or belonging to the Neolithic culture chiefly of northern Syria, dating to the fifth millennium b.c. and characterized by adobe dwellings and polychrome pottery decorated with animal designs and geometric patterns.


a person who belonged to this culture.
Also Ha·laf [huh-lahf] /həˈlɑf/.

Origin of Halafian

1935–40; after (Tell) Halaf mound in Syria; see -ian
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British Dictionary definitions for halafian

/ (həˈlɑːfɪən) /


of or relating to the Neolithic culture extending from Iran to the Mediterranean
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