Abbe·​vil·​li·​an ˌab-ˈvi-lē-ən How to pronounce Abbevillian (audio)
: of or relating to an early Lower Paleolithic culture of Europe characterized by bifacial stone hand axes

Word History


borrowed from French abbevillien, from Abbeville, town in Somme Department, France (near where tools of this tradition were found) + -ien -ian

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Abbevillian was in 1934

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Cite this Entry

“Abbevillian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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