Olmec

noun
Ol·​mec | \ ˈäl-ˌmek How to pronounce Olmec (audio) , ˈōl- \

Definition of Olmec

: an ancient people of the southern east coast of Mexico who flourished about 1200 to 400 b.c.

First Known Use of Olmec

1852, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Olmec

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

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“Olmec.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Olmec. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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