Natufian

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adjective

Na·​tu·​fi·​an
nəˈtüfēən
: of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a food-gathering, cave-dwelling Mesolithic culture of ancient Palestine characterized by microliths, composite tools of microliths, small bare zoomorphic carvings in bone or stone, and the use of sickles suggesting some agriculture

Natufian

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noun

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plural -s
: a Mesolithic cave dweller of Mount Carmel and other localities in ancient Palestine

Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Wadi en-Natuf, valley in Palestine + English -ian

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“Natufian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Natufian. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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