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A·cheu·li·analso A·cheu·le·an (ə-sho͞o′lē-ən)
Of or relating to a stage of tool culture of the Lower Paleolithic Period between the second and third interglacial periods, characterized by flaked bifacial hand axes.
[French acheuléen, after St. Acheul, a hamlet in northern France.]
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Acheulian(əˈʃuːlɪən; -jən) archaeol or
1. (Archaeology) (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
2. (Archaeology) (in Africa) the period represented by every stage of hand axe development
(Archaeology) of or relating to this period
[C20: after St Acheul, town in northern France]
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Belonging to a period of the Paleolithic Age during which symmetrical stone axes were made.
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