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Stone Age

  1. the period in the history of humankind, preceding the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, and marked by the use of stone implements and weapons: subdivided into the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods.
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Origin of Stone Age

First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for stone age

Historical Examples

  • They were in the stone-age when first discovered, and had no bows and arrows.


    Robert Marett

  • Can it be that I inherit from a stone-age ancestor both the fear and love of the bull-roarer?

    Rustic Sounds

    Francis Darwin

  • They build their nests, or dens, in almost precisely the same manner as did their progenitors in the stone-age.


    William Walker Atkinson

  • Through some strange freak of atavism the father of the boy bred back, and was more or less of a Stone-Age cave-dweller.

  • As far as they know, they are an indigenous race; they have a long pre-history of stone-age savagery.

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    H. Beam Piper

British Dictionary definitions for stone age

Stone Age

  1. a period in human culture identified by the use of stone implements and usually divided into the Palaeolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic stages
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adjective Stone-Age
  1. (sometimes not capitals) of or relating to this periodstone-age man
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stone age in Science

Stone Age

  1. The earliest known period of human culture, marked by the use of stone tools. See Mesolithic Neolithic Paleolithic. See Note at Three Age system.
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stone age in Culture

Stone Age

A period encompassing all of human history, perhaps several million years, before the Bronze Age. In the Stone Age, people learned to make and use stone tools and weapons.

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