Definition of Minoan in English:
Relating to or denoting a Bronze Age civilization centred on Crete (circa 3000–1050 bc), its people, or its language.
- In the same year he proposed the idea that the collapse of Minoan civilization in the Aegean was caused by the eruption of Thera in c. 1500 bc.
- Divided into two periods by a devastating earthquake that occurred c. 1700 BC, the Minoan civilization was noted particularly for its Linear A script and distinctive palatial art and architecture.
- The discovery early in the twentieth century of the Minoan civilization at Knossos in Crete revealed the sudden demise of an early Greek settlement of a highly civilized people.
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1An inhabitant of Minoan Crete or member of the Minoan people.
- The Minoans of Crete have long been a popular choice, though there are plenty of other suggestions, one of which, Troy, has been given fresh support by Zangger.
- With an estimated population of 250,000 people (40,000 in Knossos alone), the Minoans traded with the people of the Fertile Crescent.
- It greatly influenced the later Mycenacans, whose presence in Crete is attested from the 16th century BC and who succeeded the Minoans in control of the Aegean c. 1400 BC.
2 [mass noun] The language or scripts associated with the Minoans.
- Maman taught her not only the Latin and French that were the basis of her education, but Sanskrit and ancient Iberian, Aramaic and Minoan - whatever they came across in their readings.
- This indicated that the language represented by Linear B was an ancient form of Greek, but he wasn't prepared to accept this, being convinced that Linear B was used to write Minoan.
Named after the legendary Cretan king Minos, to whom a palace excavated at Knossos was attributed.
Words that rhyme with Minoananthozoan, bryozoan, Goan, hydrozoan, protozoan, protozoon, rowan, Samoan, spermatozoon
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