[ mahy-kruh-lith ]
/ ˈmaɪ krə lɪθ /

noun Archaeology.

a tiny stone tool, often of geometric shape, made from a bladelet and mounted singly or in series as the working part of a composite tool or weapon, especially during late Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic times.

Origin of microlith

First recorded in 1875–80; micro- + -lith
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British Dictionary definitions for microlith


/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌlɪθ) /


archaeol a small Mesolithic flint tool which was made from a blade and formed part of hafted tools

Derived Forms

microlithic, adjective
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Medicine definitions for microlith


[ mīkrə-lĭth′ ]


A minute calculus, usually multiple and resembling coarse sand.
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Science definitions for microlith


[ mīkrō-lĭth′ ]

A very small blade made of flaked stone and used as a tool, especially in the European Mesolithic Period.
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