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Neolithic

[nee-uh-lith-ik] /ˌni əˈlɪθ ɪk/
adjective
1.
(sometimes lowercase) Anthropology. of, relating to, or characteristic of the last phase of the Stone Age, marked by the domestication of animals, the development of agriculture, and the manufacture of pottery and textiles: commonly thought to have begun c9000–8000 b.c. in the Middle East.
2.
(usually lowercase) belonging to or remaining from an earlier era; outdated; passé.
Origin of Neolithic
1860-1865
1860-65; neo- + -lithic
Related forms
preneolithic, adjective
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  • To these Palaeolithic implements, others of the Neolithic types succeeded in Europe.

    Prehistoric Man W. L. H. Duckworth
  • So we may conclude that at least 6,400 years ago Neolithic man used the cave.

    English Villages P. H. Ditchfield
  • Europe had been long enough in the school of Neolithic discipline.

  • When the ice-fields cleared off Neolithic man had his innings.

  • The Neolithic period which preceded that of metals is of longer duration, but still comparatively recent.

    Human Origins Samuel Laing
  • The only people who did not laugh were Teshumai Tewindrow and all the Neolithic ladies.

    Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling
  • But take the whole Indian race, and they were steadily advancing through the Neolithic stage of culture.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • The development from the Neolithic bowl can be clearly traced in the Irish series.

  • Antiquaries have a theory that these singular pits were sunk by our Neolithic forbears in search of flints.

    The Dover Road Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for Neolithic

Neolithic

/ˌniːəʊˈlɪθɪk/
noun
1.
the cultural period that lasted in SW Asia from about 9000 to 6000 bc and in Europe from about 4000 to 2400 bc and was characterized by primitive crop growing and stock rearing and the use of polished stone and flint tools and weapons
adjective
2.
relating to this period
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Word Origin and History for Neolithic

neolithic

adj.

"pertaining to the later Stone Age," 1865, coined by John Lubbock, later Baron Avebury, (1834-1913) from neo- + -lith "stone."

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Neolithic in Science
Neolithic
  (nē'ə-lĭth'ĭk)   
The period of human culture that began around 10,000 years ago in the Middle East and later in other parts of the world. It is characterized by the beginning of farming, the domestication of animals, the development of crafts such as pottery and weaving, and the making of polished stone tools. The Neolithic Period is generally considered to end for any particular region with the introduction of metalworking, writing, or other developments of urban civilization. Also called New Stone Age. Compare Mesolithic, Paleolithic.

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