Definition of Chavin
: of or relating to a Peruvian culture of the 1st to the 6th centuries a.d. characterized by a platform type of stone building with masonry in alternating thick and thin courses, sculpture of human, animal, and monster heads in the round and outlines on slabs, and monochrome pottery decorated in relief or by incision with feline or geometric designs
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Origin and Etymology of chavin
from Chavín or Chavín de Huantar, town in central Peru, its type station
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