from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to the cultural period of the Stone Age beginning with the earliest chipped stone tools, about 750,000 years ago, until the beginning of the Mesolithic Period, about 15,000 years ago.
- n. The Paleolithic Period. Also called Old Stone Age. See Usage Note at Three Age system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A period that lasted from two and a half million years ago to 10,000 BC; the Old Stone Age.
- adj. Of or referring to the Old Stone Age (the Paleolithic period or Paleolithic age).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Characterized by the existence of ancient and roughly finished stone implements.
- n. A stone implement of the paleolithic or stone age.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. 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
- adj. of or relating to the second period of the Stone Age (following the eolithic)
From paleo- + Ancient Greek λίθος (lithos, "stone") + -ic. (Wiktionary)