One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to or denoting a period at the beginning of the Stone Age, preceding the Paleolithic and characterized by the earliest crude stone tools.
- ‘By 1869 his scheme for European prehistory was fairly well elaborated and included: the Thenasian (for the now obsolete Eolithic), Chellean, Mousterian, Solutrean, Aurignacian, Magdalenian, and Robenhausian.’
- 1.1as noun the Eolithic The Eolithic period.
Late 19th century: from French éolithique, from Greek ēōs ‘dawn’ + lithikos (from lithos ‘stone’).
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