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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-shoo-lee-uh n]
    • /əˈʃu li ən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-shoo-lee-uh n]
    • /əˈʃu li ən/

Definitions of acheulian word

  • noun acheulian (in Europe) the period in the Lower Palaeolithic following the Abbevillian, represented by the use of soft hammerstones in hand axe production made of chipped stone, bone, antler, or wood. The Acheulian dates from the Riss glaciation 3
  • noun acheulian (in Africa) the period represented by every stage of hand axe development 3
  • adjective acheulian of or relating to this period 3
  • adjective acheulian of, relating to, or typical of a Lower Paleolithic culture of the middle Pleistocene Epoch, characterized by large hand axes and cleavers made by the soft hammer technique. 1
  • noun acheulian Alternative spelling of Acheulean. 0
  • adjective acheulian Alternative spelling of Acheulean. 0

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Origin of acheulian

First appearance:

before 1890
One of the 20% newest English words
1890-95; < French acheuléen, named after St. Acheul, N France (Somme) (where remains were found) + -éen, variant of -ien (< Latin -iānus -ian), orig. with nouns ending in -é

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acheulian popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 71% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

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