One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting a Stone Age period that shows features of both the Palaeolithic and the Mesolithic and may be transitional between them.
- ‘One of the most striking exhibits is a red hand silhouette painted on a stone slab, dating from the Epipaleolithic period.’
- ‘There is evidence in these later Epipaleolithic sites of a population explosion around 5500 BC, possibly due to the development of true agriculture.’
- 1.1as noun the Epipalaeolithic The Epipalaeolithic period.
Early 20th century: from epi- ‘upon, in addition’ + Palaeolithic.
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