American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the postulated earliest period of human culture preceding the Lower Paleolithic. Not in scientific use.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In archæol, of or pertaining to the early part of the paleolithic period of prehistoric time.
- Pertaining to or characterized by the presence of eoliths.
- adj. of or relating to the earliest period of the Stone Age (characterized by the use of eoliths)
- n. the earliest part of the Stone Age marked by the earliest signs of human culture
“This race has been called the Eolithic; but some antiquaries have thrown doubts upon their existence, and the discovery of these flints is too recent to allow us to speak of them with any degree of certainty.”
“It led to the production of the first chipped flint in the Eolithic Age; it invented the wheel and the sail, it discovered the Arts, in their crudest form, of smelting, forging, weaving and husbandry in the early dawn of our civilization; and it is today as eager as ever, if opportunity allows, to explore the unknown and investigate the untried for the very peculiar reward, the mental satisfaction it gives, which can never be measured by any pecuniary or social standard.”
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