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Olmec

[ol-mek, ohl-] /ˈɒl mɛk, ˈoʊl-/ Archaeology
adjective
1.
of or designating a Mesoamerican civilization, c1000–400 b.c., along the southern Gulf coast of Mexico, characterized by extensive agriculture, a dating system, long-distance trade networks, pyramids and ceremonial centers, and very fine jade work.
noun, plural Olmecs (especially collectively) Olmec.
2.
a member of the ancient people who belonged to the Olmec civilization.
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  • And as they went Conan's iron fingers found and locked in Olmec's bull-throat.

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  • Conan heard Olmec call a woman and direct her to bandage Valeria's leg.

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  • Our knowledge of Olmec history subsequent to their first appearance, is confined to a few events which occurred in Puebla.

  • "Your guest does not like your wine, Olmec," spoke a cool, sardonic voice.

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  • As they stooped to pick up a woman who had been stunned by a war-club, Olmec's beard brushed Topal's ear.

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  • Olmec hurried on down the corridor, and descended a winding ivory staircase.

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  • She was rewarded by a slap that half stunned her, and Olmec quickened his pace to a shambling run.

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  • While Olmec talked, Valeria felt the blazing eyes of Tascela fixed upon her.

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  • Olmec lurched up with a roar, and stood swaying like a bear, his mighty hands clenching and unclenching.

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  • Valeria found her indifferent callousness more repugnant than Olmec's naked ferocity.

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British Dictionary definitions for Olmec

Olmec

/ˈɒlmɛk/
noun (pl) -mecs, -mec
1.
a member of an ancient Central American Indian people who inhabited the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico and flourished between about 1200 and 400 bc
adjective
2.
of or relating to these people or their civilization or culture
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Word Origin and History for Olmec

1787, from Nahuatl Olmecatl (plural Olmeca), literally "inhabitant of the rubber country."

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