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prehistory

prehistory

noun pre·his·to·ry \ˌprē-ˈhis-t(ə-)rē\

: the period of time in the past before people could write : the time before history was written down

: the time and events that came before and led to the development of something

Full Definition of PREHISTORY

1
:  the study of prehistoric humankind
2
:  a history of the antecedents of an event, situation, or thing
3
:  the prehistoric period of human evolution

Examples of PREHISTORY

  1. We are learning about the prehistory of North America.

First Known Use of PREHISTORY

1871

Other Anthropology Terms

ectomorph, ethnography, yurt

Rhymes with PREHISTORY

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