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prehistoric

[pree-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-, pree-i-] /ˌpri hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-, ˌpri ɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining 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 outdated; passé: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.
Also, prehistorical.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; pre- + historic
Related forms
prehistorically, adverb
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  • Archeological evidence in coastal areas shows prehistorical settlements.
British Dictionary definitions for prehistorical

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 prehistorical

prehistoric

adj.

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

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