Definition of pre-Columbian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprēkəˈləmbēən/


Relating to the history and cultures of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus in 1492.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: pre-Co·lum·bi·an

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