pre-Columbian

adjective
pre-Co·​lum·​bi·​an | \ ˌprē-kə-ˈləm-bē-ən How to pronounce pre-Columbian (audio) \

Definition of pre-Columbian

: preceding or belonging to the time before the arrival of Columbus in America

First Known Use of pre-Columbian

1854, in the meaning defined above

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“Pre-Columbian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pre-Columbian. Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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