tène

La Tène

[French la ten]
noun
1.
Archaeology. designating the period or culture of the late Iron Age typified by the structural remains, swords, tools, utensils, etc., found at La Tène. Compare Hallstattan.
2.
a shallow area at the E end of the Lake of Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where these remains were found.

Origin:
1885–90

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La Tène (læ ˈtɛn)
 
adj
See also Hallstatt of or relating to a Celtic culture in Europe from about the 5th to the 1st centuries bc, characterized by a distinctive type of curvilinear decoration
 
[C20: from La Tène, a part of Lake Neuchâtel, Switzerland, where remains of this culture were first discovered]

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