Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A crude stone artifact, such as a flake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Crudely chopped flints, believed to be naturally produced by geological processes such as glaciation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A rudely chipped flint implement (or what appears to be such) regarded, from its workmanship, as older than the paleoliths. Eoliths are found in the oldest Quaternary deposits of Europe.

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

  • n. a crude stone artifact (as a chipped flint); possibly the earliest tools

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek ἑός (eos, "dawn") + λίθος (lithos, "stone"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • From the beginning to the ripening of that phase of human life, from the first clumsy eolith of rudely chipped flint to the first implements of polished stone, was two or three thousand centuries, ten or fifteen thousand generations.

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  • Hard to believe there's a word for "I thought it was an artifact, but it's just a rock." I think my dad used to call those "leavarites."

    May 13, 2011