from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the cultural period of the Stone Age beginning with the earliest chipped stone tools, about 2.4 million years ago, until the beginning of the Mesolithic Period, about 15,000 to 11,500 years ago in western Asia and southern Europe.
  • noun The Paleolithic Period.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Characterized by the existence of ancient and roughly finished stone implements.
  • noun A stone implement of the paleolithic or stone age.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Geol.) Of or pertaining to an era marked by early stone implements. The Paleolithic era (as proposed by Lubbock) includes the earlier half of the “Stone Age;” the remains belonging to it are for the most part of extinct animals, with relics of human beings.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A period that lasted from two and a half million years ago to 10,000 BC; the Old Stone Age.
  • adjective Of or referring to the Old Stone Age (the Paleolithic period or Paleolithic age).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun second part of the Stone Age beginning about 750,00 to 500,000 years BC and lasting until the end of the last ice age about 8,500 years BC
  • adjective of or relating to the second period of the Stone Age (following the eolithic)


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From paleo- + Ancient Greek λίθος (lithos, "stone") + -ic.


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