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rock-shelter

or rock shel·ter

[rok-shel-ter]
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noun
  1. a shallow cave or cavelike area, as one formed by an overhanging cliff or standing rocks, occupied by Stone Age peoples, possibly for extended periods.
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Origin of rock-shelter

First recorded in 1860–65
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • The rock-shelter and the cave are the homes which men seek from the advancing cold.

    The Story of Evolution

    Joseph McCabe

  • I also passed a rock-shelter, which served as a permanent home.

  • This discovery was made in a rock-shelter during its excavation in the autumn of 1909 by M. Peyrony.

    Prehistoric Man

    W. L. H. Duckworth

  • The disappearance of the herds caused Fleetfoot and Willow-grouse to leave the rock-shelter.

    The Later Cave-Men

    Katharine Elizabeth Dopp

  • That the upper story took its name from the rock-shelter may be further illustrated.