One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Designating, relating to, or characterized by an early stage of industrial and technological development, especially as dominated by heavy machinery and the exploitation of mineral resources and fossil fuels. Also, in wider use: designating or relating to technology which is regarded as old-fashioned or outmoded.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in Patrick Geddes (1854–1932), social evolutionist and city planner. From palaeo- + technic, after neotechnic.
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