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Mesolithic

[mez-uh-lith-ik, mes-, mee-zuh-, -suh-]
adjective Anthropology. (sometimes lowercase)
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a transitional period of the Stone Age intermediate between the Paleolithic and the Neolithic periods, characterized by adaptation to a hunting, collecting, and fishing economy based on the use of forest, lakeside, and seashore environments; Epipaleolithic.
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Origin of Mesolithic

First recorded in 1865–70; meso- + -lithic
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Historical Examples of mesolithic

  • Attempts have been made to bridge the gap by means of a “mesolithic” period (μέσος, middle); but it would Mesolithic.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 4

    Various

  • Yet during the palæolithic and the first half of the mesolithic epochs this legion formed the most numerous group of fishes.


British Dictionary definitions for mesolithic

Mesolithic

noun
  1. the period between the Palaeolithic and the Neolithic, in Europe from about 12 000 to 3000 bc, characterized by the appearance of microliths
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adjective
  1. of or relating to the Mesolithic
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Word Origin and History for mesolithic

adj.

1866 in archaeology (somewhat earlier in geology); see meso- + lithic.

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mesolithic in Science

Mesolithic

[mĕz′ə-lĭthĭk]
  1. The cultural period of the Stone Age that developed primarily in Europe between the Paleolithic and Neolithic periods, beginning around 10,000 years ago and lasting in various places as late as 3000 bce. The Mesolithic is marked by the appearance of small-bladed, often hafted stone tools and weapons and by the beginnings of settled communities. European Mesolithic cultures existed contemporaneously with the early Neolithic cultures of the Middle East and disappeared in any particular region with the introduction of agriculture. Also called Middle Stone Age Compare Neolithic Paleolithic.
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