mi·​cro·​lith | \ ˈmī-krə-ˌlith How to pronounce microlith (audio) \

Definition of microlith

: a tiny blade tool especially of the Mesolithic usually in a geometric shape (such as that of a triangle) and often set in a bone or wooden haft

Other Words from microlith

microlithic \ ˌmī-​krə-​ˈli-​thik How to pronounce microlith (audio) \ adjective

Examples of microlith in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the new study, which appears in the journal PLOS One, a team from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany took a closer look at the tools, or microliths, found in Fa-Hien Lena cave in Sri Lanka. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 7 Oct. 2019 According to a new paper published in PLUS One, microliths seen in the Fa Hien cave in the tropical rainforests of Sri Lanka date to 45,000 years ago. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, 4 Oct. 2019 The microliths found in the cave are oldest ever found in south Asia. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 7 Oct. 2019 Tiny stone tools -- known as microliths -- were essential to the growth of our species thousands of years ago. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of microlith

1908, in the meaning defined above

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“Microlith.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/microlith. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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mi·​cro·​lith | \ ˈmī-krō-ˌlith How to pronounce microlith (audio) \

Medical Definition of microlith

: a microscopic calculus or concretion rupture of microliths into blood vesselsModern Medicine — compare gravel sense 1

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