Definition of Abbevillian in English:


Line breaks: Abbe|vil¦lian
Pronunciation: /abˈvɪlɪən


Archaeology , • dated
  • 1Relating to or denoting the first Palaeolithic culture in Europe, now usually referred to as the Lower Acheulian.
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    • The researchers identified in the cave three different ancient human cultures: Acheulean, Abbevillian, and Mousterian.
    • Early Acheulian or Abbevillian begins in Karnataka around 1.5 million years ago and advance Acheulian continues up to 15 million years ago at Patpara in Son Valley.
    • Extensive archeological finds of obsidian instruments roughly fashioned by the primitive man indicate ancient human settlements in Armenia, dating back to the Old Stone Age (Abbevillian culture) and further onwards.
  • 1.1 (as noun the Abbevillian) The Abbevillian culture or period.


1930s: from French Abbevillien 'from Abbeville', a town in northern France where tools from this culture were discovered.

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