from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Prior to the time of Christopher Columbus; occurring or existing before the discovery of America by Columbus: as, a pre-Columbian discovery of America.

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  • adj. of or relating to or originating in the Americas before the arrival of Columbus


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  • In American Indian tribes, from pre-columbian times until recent history, humans self-identified as "The People," in their respective languages.

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  • The new left has made complete fiction of the population estimates for the Americas in pre-columbian times.

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  • The middle ages, pre-columbian America, the history of Africa, Europe in the middle ages, eastern Europe in the 19th century, especially the Russian conquest of the Caucasus, the Greek war of independence, the Crimean war, the Japanese-Russian war of 1905... the list goes on and on.

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  • On a trip to Teotihuacan, the pre-columbian archeological site north of Mexico City, Carla's palms burned as she stood before the Pyramid of the Sun, but she didn't ask me if mine did too.

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  • Her tasty sauces are created by grinding chilis and spices together in a molcajete, the same type of stone mortar and pestle used in pre-columbian cultures.

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  • Additionally, I would include the "dije" pronounced in spanish as dee'-heh — in the sense of a devotional artifact both in the pre-columbian and catholic traditions.

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  • A pre-columbian stone statue stands watch over the beach below; local kids building sandcastles and slinging mud

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  • It's particularly amusing to watch pre-columbian statues looking across the aisle...

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  • It attribute this meme to students learning about pre-columbian native american cultures in elementary school where it seems to be emphasised.

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  • He related as an example of teleportation that he had personally experienced that one day he went into his office, which had been locked overnight, and fount a small pre-columbian statue on his desk.

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