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prehistoric

or prehistorical

[pree-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-, pree-i-] /ˌpri hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-, ˌpri ɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the time or a period prior to recorded history:
The dinosaur is a prehistoric beast.
2.
Slang. outdated; passé:
My mom has these prehistoric ideas about proper dress.
Origin of prehistoric
1850-1855
1850-55; pre- + historic
Related forms
prehistorically, adverb
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Examples from the Web for prehistoric
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  • prehistoric traffic between Britain and Italy may not be an entirely new idea, but the bucket opens a new chapter.

  • prehistoric man, as I just told you, was on a fair way to progress.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • There it was, a mere nubbin of crust and so hard it might almost have been taken for a petrified specimen of prehistoric bread.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • He also gave me an admirable chameleon, a prehistoric, fabulous sort of animal.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Matriarchate is assumed on this theory to have been universal in prehistoric times.

British Dictionary definitions for prehistoric

prehistoric

/ˌpriːhɪˈstɒrɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to man's development before the appearance of the written word
Derived Forms
prehistorically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for prehistoric
adj.

1832, modeled on French préhistorique; see pre- + historic.

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