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Abbevillian

[ab-vil-ee-uhn, -vil-yuhn, ab-uh-vil-]
adjective
of, 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, Abbevillean.


Origin:
< French abbevillien (1932); see Abbeville, -ian

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Abbevillian (æbˈvɪlɪən, -jən)
 
n
1.  See also Acheulian the period represented by Lower Palaeolithic European sites containing the earliest hand axes, dating from the Mindel glaciation
 
adj
2.  of or relating to this period
 
[C20: after Abbeville, where the stone tools were discovered]

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Abbevillian   (āb'ə-vĭl'ē-ən)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to the earliest Paleolithic archaeological sites in Europe, characterized by bifacial stone hand axes.
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