protohistory

noun
pro·to·his·to·ry | \ˌprō-tō-ˈhi-st(ə-)rē \

Definition of protohistory 

: the study of human beings in the times that immediately antedate recorded history

Other Words from protohistory

protohistorian \ˌprō-tō-(h)i-ˈstȯr-ē-ən \ noun
protohistoric \ˌprō-tō-(h)i-ˈstȯr-ik, -ˈstär- \ adjective

First Known Use of protohistory

1903, in the meaning defined above

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