neolithic

adjective
neo·​lith·​ic | \ ˌnē-ə-ˈli-thik How to pronounce neolithic (audio) \

Definition of neolithic

1 capitalized : of or relating to the latest period of the Stone Age characterized by polished stone implements
2 : belonging to an earlier age and now outmoded

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Since lithos in Greek means "stone", the Neolithic period is the "new" or "late" period of the Stone Age, in contrast to the Paleolithic period ("old" or "early" period) and the Mesolithic period ("middle" period) of the Stone Age. The use of polished stone tools came to different parts of the world at different times, but the Neolithic Age is usually said to begin around 9000 B.C. and to end around 3000 B.C., when the Bronze Age begins. The Neolithic is the era when the farming of plants and animals begins, and when, as a result, humans first begin to create permanent settlements.

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my old manual typewriter now seems positively neolithic
Recent Examples on the Web D’Apollonio works improvisationally and is inspired by neolithic sculpture. Diana Budds, Curbed, 30 July 2021 Among them are jaw-dropping images of the second smallest planet in the solar system, a comet passing over neolithic monument Stonehenge, and the path of the full moon over Paris at night during one of the city's lockdowns. Amy Woodyatt, CNN, 1 July 2021 The government’s collection contained an extraordinarily diverse array of artifacts: neolithic tools, Bronze Age statuary and Greek, Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic masterpieces. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 Some estimates have humans observing solstices as early as the Stone Age (~2.5 million years ago) while others posit that neolithic humans used the summer solstice as an indicator for planting and harvesting crops. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 20 June 2020 Some estimates have humans observing solstices as early as the Stone Age (~2.5 million years ago) while others posit that neolithic humans used the summer solstice as an indicator for planting and harvesting crops. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 20 June 2020 Some estimates have humans observing solstices as early as the Stone Age (~2.5 million years ago) while others posit that neolithic humans used the summer solstice as an indicator for planting and harvesting crops. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 20 June 2020 Some estimates have humans observing solstices as early as the Stone Age (~2.5 million years ago) while others posit that neolithic humans used the summer solstice as an indicator for planting and harvesting crops. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, 20 June 2020 Some of the first vaulted ceilings can be traced back to a neolithic village in Crete, built roughly seven thousand years ago. Stefanie Waldek, House Beautiful, 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of neolithic

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for neolithic

neo- + -lithic

Note: Term introduced, along with Paleolithic, by the British politician and scientist Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913) in Pre-historic Times, as Illustrated by Ancient Remains, and the Manners and Customs of Modern Savages (London, 1865), p. 3.

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“Neolithic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neolithic. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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