adjective, often capitalized
ya·​yoi | \ (ˈ)yä¦yȯi \

Definition of yayoi

: of, relating to, or being typical of a Japanese cultural period extending from about 200 b.c. to a.d. 200, being generally neolithic but including the beginning of work in metal, and characterized especially by unglazed wheel-thrown pottery sometimes with incised surface ornamentation and often of florid shape

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from Yayoi, site in Tokyo, Japan, where remains of the period were discovered

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“Yayoi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yayoi. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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