Abbevillian

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/æbˈvɪlɪən/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(ab vil′ē ən, -vilyən, ab′ə vil-)



WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
Abbe•vill•i•an  (ab vil′ē ən, -vilyən, ab′ə vil-),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. Archaeologyof, pertaining to, or typical of an early Lower Paleolithic industry of the middle Pleistocene Epoch in Europe, characterized by the manufacture of large flakes and hand axes;
    Chellean.
Also,  Abbe•ville•an. 
  • French abbevillien (1932); see abbeville, -ian

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Abbevillian /æbˈvɪlɪən -jən/ n
  1. the period represented by Lower Palaeolithic European sites containing the earliest hand axes, dating from the Mindel glaciation
adj
  1. of or relating to this period
Etymology: 20th Century: after Abbeville, where the stone tools were discovered
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