Ol·​mec ˈäl-ˌmek How to pronounce Olmec (audio)
: an ancient people of the southern east coast of Mexico who flourished about 1200 to 400 b.c.

Word History


Nahuatl Ōlmēcah, a coastal people in Aztec history, from Ōlmān, their homeland, probably from ōlli rubber

First Known Use

1852, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Olmec was in 1852

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“Olmec.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Olmec. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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