Acheu·​le·​an ə-ˈshü-lē-ən How to pronounce Acheulean (audio)
variants or Acheulian
: of or relating to a Lower Paleolithic culture originating in Africa and typified by bifacial tools with round cutting edges

Examples of Acheulean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Saffaqah artifacts are also stylistically similar to Late Acheulean tools found in Eastern Africa. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2018

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Word History


borrowed from French acheuléen, from St. Acheul, near Amiens, France, location of the type station + -éen -ean

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Acheulean was in 1877

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“Acheulean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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