Kul·​tur·​kreis | \ -ˌkrīs \
plural Kulturkreise\ -​īzə \

Definition of Kulturkreis

: 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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History and Etymology for 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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“Kulturkreis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kulturkreis. Accessed 6 Dec. 2021.

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