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protohistory

[proh-toh-his-tuh-ree, -his-tree] /ˌproʊ toʊˈhɪs tə ri, -ˈhɪs tri/
noun, plural protohistories.
1.
a branch of study concerned with the transition period between prehistory and the earliest recorded history.
2.
the period in a culture immediately before its recorded history begins.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; proto- + history
Related forms
protohistorian
[proh-toh-hi-stawr-ee-uh n, -stohr-] /ˌproʊ toʊ hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-/ (Show IPA),
noun
protohistoric
[proh-toh-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-] /ˌproʊ toʊ hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-/ (Show IPA),
protohistorical, adjective
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protohistory

/ˌprəʊtəʊˈhɪstərɪ; -ˈhɪstrɪ/
noun
1.
the period or stage of human development or of a particular culture immediately prior to the emergence of writing
Derived Forms
protohistoric (ˌprəʊtəʊhɪˈstɒrɪk) adjective
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