One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting a northern European Mesolithic culture, dated to about 9,500–7,700 years ago.
- ‘The Federmessergruppen, characterized by shouldered flint points, gives way to the Maglemosian tradition with abundant microliths in distinctive convex-backed and triangular forms.’
- ‘Some Maglemosian material culture was artistically designed, with decoration on tools and wooden canoes.’
- 1.1as noun the Maglemosian The Maglemosian culture or period.
1920s: from Maglemose, a town in Denmark where objects from this culture were found, + -ian.
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