noun Ol·mec \ˈäl-ˌmek, ˈōl-\

Definition of Olmec

  1. :  an ancient people of the southern east coast of Mexico who flourished about 1200 to 400 B.C.

Origin and Etymology of olmec

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

First Known Use: 1852

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