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Of or relating to the earliest Paleolithic archaeological sites in Europe, characterized by bifacial stone hand axes.
[After Abbeville, a city of northern France.]
Abbevillian(æbˈvɪlɪən; -jən) archaeol
(Archaeology) the period represented by Lower Palaeolithic European sites containing the earliest hand axes, dating from the Mindel glaciation. See also Acheulian
(Archaeology) of or relating to this period
[C20: after Abbeville, where the stone tools were discovered]
or Abbe•vill•e•an(æbˌvɪl i ən, -ˈvɪl yən, ˌæb əˈvɪl-)
of or designating an early Lower Paleolithic industry of the middle Pleistocene Epoch in Europe, characterized by manufacture of large flakes and hand axes.
[< French abbevillien (1932); see Abbeville]
Belonging to an early period of the Paleolithic Age, characterized by primitive stone axes.