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n. pl. Olmec or Ol·mecs
1. An early Mesoamerican Indian civilization centered in the Veracruz region of southeast Mexico that flourished between 1300 and 400 bc, whose cultural influence was widespread throughout southern Mexico and Central America.
2. A member of any of various peoples sharing the Olmec culture.
[Nahuatl Ōlmēcah, plural of Ōlmēcatl, an Olmec, from Ōlmān, Olmec homeland (literally, "land of rubber"), from ōlli, rubber from the tree Castilla elastica.]
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n, pl -mecs or -mec
(Peoples) a member of an ancient Central American Indian people who inhabited the southern Gulf Coast of Mexico and flourished between about 1200 and 400 bc
(Peoples) of or relating to these people or their civilization or culture
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Ol•mec(ˈɒl mɛk, ˈoʊl-)
adj., n., pl. -mecs, (esp. collectively) -mec. adj.
1. of or designating a Mesoamerican civilization, c1000–400 b.c., along the S Gulf coast of Mexico.n.
2. a member of the people who belonged to this ancient civilization.
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A member of a people of southern Mexico and the surrounding regions whose civilization predates the Maya.
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