Mesoamerica

(redirected from Mesoamerican Civilization)
Also found in: Thesaurus.

Mes·o·a·mer·i·ca

 (mĕz′ō-ə-mĕr′ĭ-kə, mĕs′-)
A region extending south and east from central Mexico to include parts of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In pre-Columbian times it was inhabited by diverse civilizations, including the Maya and the Olmec.

Mes′o·a·mer′i·can adj. & n.

Mesoamerica

(ˌmɛsəʊəˈmɛrɪkə) or

Meso-America

n
(Placename) another name for Central America
ˌMesoaˈmerican, ˌMeso-Aˈmerican adj, n

Mes•o•a•mer•i•ca

or Mes•o-A•mer•i•ca

(ˌmɛz oʊ əˈmɛr ɪ kə, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zoʊ-, -soʊ-)

n.
1. the area extending approximately from central Mexico to Honduras and Nicaragua where pre-Columbian civilizations flourished.
2. Central America.
Mes`o•a•mer′i•can, adj., n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Mesoamerica - Mexico and Central AmericaMesoamerica - Mexico and Central America    
Mexico, United Mexican States - a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810
North America - a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama
References in periodicals archive ?
In this endeavor, the Olmec laid the foundations of classical Mesoamerican civilization.
There is no denying the striking similarities between Ceibal and La Venta, such as evidence of similar ritual practices and the presence of similar architecture -- namely the pyramids that would come to be the hallmark of Mesoamerican civilization but did not exist at the earlier Olmec center of San Lorenzo.
Researchers admit that there are similarities between Ceibal and La Venta - such as their ritual practices and architecture like the pyramids - that later became the hallmark of Mesoamerican civilization but did not exist at the earlier Olmec center of San Lorenzo.
There is no denying the striking similarities between Ceibal and La Venta, such as evidence of similar ritual practices and the presence of similar architecture - namely the pyramids that would come to be the hallmark of Mesoamerican civilization but did not exist at the earlier Olmec center of San Lorenzo.
Mayans were a Mesoamerican civilization known for human sacrifice, carving big stones and possibly accurately predicting the end of everything on Dec.
At the end, there are several chambers which could hold the remains of the rulers of that Mesoamerican civilization.
Mann's reflections (2006, 173-174) are very eloquent, "Broken by the appearance of Cortes, the philosophy of the Mexica, inheritors of Mesoamerican civilization, had no opportunity to reach the height of Greek or Chinese philosophy, although surviving testimonies indicate that they were not far from either of them .
With the publication of the author's previous book on the pictorial histories of ancient central Mexico, Stories in Red and Black, students of Mesoamerican civilization have anticipated a similarly synthetic, yet ethnographically rich, account of the other major genre from this tradition.
Since the rise of Mesoamerican civilization is routinely linked with the domestication of maize, future research will focus on the nature of the subsistence base that supported the village's large population.