Definition of Natufian in English:

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Pronunciation: /nəˈto͞ofēən/


1Relating to or denoting a late Mesolithic culture of the Middle East, dated to about 12,500–10,000 years ago. It provides evidence for the first settled villages.
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  • Well I think a recent paper about the Hayonim burials with dogs which are about eleven and a half 12,000 years old suggests that you get the earliest dogs in that part of the world with the Natufian culture.
  • Seventy-two of the skeletons fall into the Natufian period, which predates settled agriculture.
  • Extensive remains have been found of the Natufian hunter-gatherers, who lived between about 12,800 and 10,500 years ago in what are now Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.
1.1 (as noun the Natufian) The Natufian culture or period.


1930s: from Wadi an-Natuf, the type site (a cave northwest of Jerusalem), + -ian.

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Syllabification: Na·tu·fi·an

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