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[mahy-kruh-lith] /ˈmaɪ krə lɪθ/
noun, Archaeology
a tiny stone tool, often of geometric shape, made from a bladelet and mounted singly or in series as the working part of a composite tool or weapon, especially during late Upper Paleolithic and Mesolithic times.
Compare macrolith, tranchet.
Origin of microlith
1875-80; micro- + -lith Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for microlith


(archaeol) a small Mesolithic flint tool which was made from a blade and formed part of hafted tools
Derived Forms
microlithic, adjective
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microlith in Medicine

microlith mi·cro·lith (mī'krə-lĭth')
A minute calculus, usually multiple and resembling coarse sand.

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microlith in Science
A very small blade made of flaked stone and used as a tool, especially in the European Mesolithic Period.
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