Definition of pre-Columbian in English:

pre-Columbian

Syllabification: pre-Co·lum·bi·an
Pronunciation: /ˌprēkəˈləmbēən
 
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adjective

  • Of or relating to the history and cultures of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.
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    • In many of the pre-Columbian and North American cultures (from Hopi to Inca) gemstones were admired for their physical properties as well.
    • What is it about the pre-Columbian cultures, and particularly the Aztecs, that so fascinates us?
    • Asian and African civilizations and the pre-Columbian Americas have produced a number of hierarchically structured suzerain systems of considerable longevity.

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