Palaeolithic (US Paleolithic) ADJECTIVE Archaeology relating to the early phase of the Stone Age, up to the end of the glacial period.
ORIGIN from Greek palaios 'ancient' + lithos 'stone' .

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  • palaeolithic — adj. Same as {paleolithic}. Syn: paleolithic. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Palaeolithic — /pæliəˈlɪθɪk / (say paleeuh lithik), /peɪ / (say pay ) noun 1. the earliest part of the Stone Age, the Old Stone Age, characterised by implements of chipped stone; it includes the Pleistocene geological epoch and precedes the Mesolithic. See… …   Australian English dictionary

  • palaeolithic — pal|ae|o|lith|ic [ˌpæliəuˈlıθık, ˌpeı US ˌpeıliə ] adj a British spelling of ↑paleolithic …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Palaeolithic — see LITHOGRAPH …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • palaeolithic — adj. of the earlier Stone Age …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Palaeolithic — [ˌpalɪə(ʊ) lɪθɪk, ˌpeɪ ] (US Paleolithic) adjective Archaeology relating to or denoting the early phase of the Stone Age, up to the end of the glacial period. Origin C19: from palaeo + Gk lithos stone + ic …   English new terms dictionary

  • palaeolithic — adjective the British spelling of paleolithic …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • palaeolithic — adjective connected with the earliest period of the stone age (=the period thousands of years ago when people made stone tools and weapons): a paleolithic axe compare neolithic …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Palaeolithic — UK [ˌpælɪəˈlɪθɪk] / UK [ˌpeɪlɪəˈlɪθɪk] / US [ˌpeɪlɪəˈlɪθɪk] / US [ˌpælɪəˈlɪθɪk] adjective science relating to the time when humans first started to make tools out of stone …   English dictionary

  • Palaeolithic — see LITHOGRAPH …   Word origins