of or relating to the Americas before the arrival of Columbus: pre-Columbian art; pre-Columbian Indians.
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How to use pre-Columbian in a sentence
One of the largest sites of pre-Columbian Mayan ruins, Tikal was once one of the most important cities in the Mayan world.There Are Bugs in Your Coffee and Other Things I Learned in Antigua, Guatemala | William O’Connor | January 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is, indeed, possible that the skeleton may be pre-Columbian.Unknown Mexico, Volume 1 (of 2) | Carl Lumholtz
The pre-Columbian Mexicans inherited a practical knowledge of mechanics and engineering.The Story of Extinct Civilizations of the West | Robert E. Anderson
Probably the amount and extent of wars existing north of Mexico in pre-Columbian times were not as large as is generally stated.
As yet, however, no examples of wooden doors have been seen in any of the pre-Columbian ruins.A Study of Pueblo Architecture: Tusayan and Cibola | Victor Mindeleff and Cosmos Mindeleff
The peanut, or ground-nut (Arachis hypogaea), is another widely-cultivated plant, dating from pre-Columbian times.
British Dictionary definitions for pre-Columbian
of or relating to the Americas before they were discovered by Columbus
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