Kulturkreis

noun Kul·tur·kreis \ -ˌkrīs \

Definition of Kulturkreis

plural Kulturkreise \-īzə\
:a culture complex developing in successive epochs from its center of origin and becoming diffused over large areas of the world
  • the horse-raising peoples in the primary herding Kulturkreise
  • —Lawrence Krader
  • the concept of the Kulturkreise developed by the Vienna school of ethnology

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Origin and Etymology of kulturkreis

German, from kultur + kreis area, circle, from Old High German kreiz circular line, encirclement, district; akin to Middle Low German kreit, krēt circle, enclosed dueling space, Old High German krizzōn to scratch in (as letters), krazzōn to scratch


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