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

  • noun An early Native American culture centered in the Ohio River valley from about the tenth century BC to about the second century AD, noted for its circular earthworks, elaborate burial mounds, and highly developed artistic style.

Etymologies

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

[After the Adena , estate in south-central Ohio, the location of the type site of the culture.]

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