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Definition of Nok in English:


[usually as modifier] Archaeology
An ancient civilization of northern Nigeria, dated to the 5th-3rd centuries bc. It is characterized by the production of distinctive terracotta figurines and is significant for its development of iron-working.
Example sentences
  • The earliest known culture in Nigeria was the Nok culture, which existed from about the 6th century BC to the third century AD.
  • Upon entering the dark galleries, one is welcomed by some remarkable exemplars of Nok terracottas and Ife heads on loan from the Nigerian National Museum, Lagos, and the Ife Museum.
  • Though ancient itself, the Nok tradition was discovered fairly recently, in the 1930s. Up until then, said Coleman, ‘this very rich culture was simply invisible.’


From the name of the site where remains of this culture were found.

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