adjective Ha·laf·ian \həˈläfēən\
variants: less commonly



Definition of Halafian

  1. :  of or belonging to an early Aeneolithic culture of Syria and north Mesopotamia characterized by the use of stone as well as copper, adobe buildings, and a fine polychrome pottery

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Origin and Etymology of halafian

from Tell Halaf, site in northeastern Syria on the Turkish border near the village of Ras el ʽAin

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