or So·lu·tri·an

[ suh-loo-tree-uh n ]
/ səˈlu tri ən /


Archaeology. of or designating an Upper Paleolithic European culture c18,000–16,000 b.c., characterized by the making of stone projectile points and low-relief stone sculptures.

Origin of Solutrean

1885–90; < French solutréen, after Solutré the type-site, near a village of the same name in France (Saône-et-Loire); see -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for solutrean

/ (səˈluːtrɪən) /


of or relating to an Upper Palaeolithic culture of Europe that was characterized by leaf-shaped flint blades

Word Origin for Solutrean

C19: named after Solutré, village in central France where traces of this culture were originally found
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Scientific definitions for solutrean


Relating to an Upper Paleolithic culture in southwestern Europe between the Aurignacian and Magdalenian cultures, dating from around 21,000 to 17,000 years ago. The short-lived Solutrean culture was characterized by finely crafted tools, such as slender, leaf-shaped blades and shouldered points, as well as ornaments, carvings, and cave paintings.
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