Definition of Aurignacian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌôriɡˈnāSHən/ Pronunciation: /ˌôrinˈyā-/


1Relating to or denoting the early stages of the Upper Paleolithic culture in Europe and the Near East. It is dated in most places to about 34,000–29,000 years ago and is associated with Cro-Magnon Man.
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  • With the skeletons were Upper Palaeolithic flint tools of Aurignacian type and signs of decorative art in the form of pierced sea shells.
  • The Mladec collection also includes Aurignacian tools and art associated with early modern humans.
  • By 25,000 years ago, the Aurignacian culture had virtually disappeared, confined to a few small pockets scattered across southern Europe.
1.1 (as noun the Aurignacian) The Aurignacian culture or period.


Early 20th century: from French Aurignacien, from Aurignac in southwestern France, where remains of this culture were found.

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Syllabification: Au·ri·gna·cian

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