biface

noun
bi·​face | \ ˈbī-ˌfās How to pronounce biface (audio) \

Definition of biface

: a bifacial stone tool

Examples of biface in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sorensen and his colleagues studied a sample of bifaces from Neanderthal sites around the Dordogne Valley in France. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals used stone hand axes to strike a light," 26 July 2018 Think of the biface as a Paleolithic Swiss Army knife. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals used stone hand axes to strike a light," 26 July 2018 Twenty of the bifaces showed distinctive strike-a-light marks that matched the ones produced by Sorensen and his colleagues' experiment. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Neanderthals used stone hand axes to strike a light," 26 July 2018 The picks, cleavers, scrapers, and bifaces were so plentiful that a one-off accidental stranding seems unlikely, Strasser says. Andrew Lawler, Science | AAAS, "Neandertals, Stone Age people may have voyaged the Mediterranean," 24 Apr. 2018 Before the Middle Paleolithic, hominins created biface tools, or simple, heavy hand axes shaped like teardrops. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Ancient tools found in India undermine the “out of Africa” hypothesis," 31 Jan. 2018 Except Pappu and her team found a mix of bifaces and Middle Paleolithic tools at Attirampakkam. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Ancient tools found in India undermine the “out of Africa” hypothesis," 31 Jan. 2018

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1934, in the meaning defined above

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“Biface.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biface. Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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