kulturkreise

Kulturkreis

[German kool-toor-krahys]
noun, plural Kulturkreise [kool-toor-krahy-zuh] . Anthropology.
formerly, a complex of related cultural traits assumed to diffuse or radiate outward as a unit in concentric waves or circles.

Origin:
1945–50; < German, equivalent to Kultur culture + Kreis circle

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