[vil-uh-noh-vuh n]


Also Vil·la·no·va. of or relating to the early Iron Age culture of northern Italy, characterized by lake dwellings.


a member of this people.

Origin of Villanovan

after Villanova, a town in NE Italy; see -an Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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of or relating to an early Iron Age culture near Bologna, Italy, characterized by the use of bronze and the primitive use of iron


a member of this culture

Word Origin for Villanovan

C19: named after the NE Italian town of Villanova, where the first remains of the culture were excavated in 1853
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Word Origin and History for villanova


European culture of the early Iron Age, 1901, named for a hamlet near Bologna where archaeological remains of it were found.

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