Definition of prehistory in English:

prehistory

Syllabification: pre·his·to·ry
Pronunciation: /prēˈhist(ə)rē
 
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noun

  • 1The period of time before written records: myths that stretch back into prehistory
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    • Archeological findings have placed knowledge of Iranian prehistory at middle Paleolithic times.
    • The earliest of seven main subdivisions of Andean prehistory, spanning the period 9000-1800 bc, embraces the time from the earliest human presence in the region down to the first use of ceramics.
    • Many vertebrae were cleaved, suggesting animals had been divided into left and right portions, an unusual butchery practice for this period of prehistory, perhaps for feasting.
  • 1.1The events or conditions leading up to a particular occurrence or phenomenon: the prehistory of capitalism
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    • A given social episode or condition may be treated in the most detailed and compelling manner, but its prehistory is nearly always left out of the picture.
    • It provides a critical genealogy, even prehistory, of the debates leading up to the problems of intermedia in the present.
    • Hip-hop's prehistory offers a team of curators any number of potential entry points: African griots and other oral poetic traditions, the Beats, talking blues, Muhammad Ali trash-talk.

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