Au·​ri·​gna·​cian ˌȯr-ēn-ˈyā-shən How to pronounce Aurignacian (audio)
: of or relating to an Upper Paleolithic culture marked by finely made artifacts of stone and bone, paintings, and engravings

Examples of Aurignacian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And that in turn could explain why later Châtelperronian tool caches appear to borrow proto-Aurignacian elements, such as small, precisely made blades, Djakovic says. Bymichael Price,, 13 Oct. 2022

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Word History


French aurignacien, from Aurignac, France

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aurignacian was in 1906

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“Aurignacian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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