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

  • noun The period in cultural development succeeding the Bronze Age in Asia, Europe, and Africa, characterized by the introduction of iron metallurgy. In Europe it began around the eighth century BC.

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  • proper noun archaeology A level of culture in which Man used iron and the technology of iron production. (Estimated to have begun in Europe about 1100 BCE)
  • proper noun mythology The most recent and debased of the four or five classical Ages of Man.

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  • noun (classical mythology) the last and worst age of the world
  • noun (archeology) the period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons


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