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

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a culture not having a written language.
  • n. A person belonging to such a culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. that has not yet developed a written language
  • adj. who has not yet learned to read and write
  • n. a member of such a culture

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

  • adj. not yet having acquired the ability to read and write
  • adj. used of a society that has not developed writing


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