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Ol·mec

 (ŏl′mĕk, ōl′-)
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.]

Olmec

(ˈɒlmɛk)
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
adj
(Peoples) of or relating to these people or their civilization or culture

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.

Olmec

A member of a people of southern Mexico and the surrounding regions whose civilization predates the Maya.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Olmec - a member of an early Mesoamerican civilization centered around Veracruz that flourished between 1300 and 400 BCOlmec - a member of an early Mesoamerican civilization centered around Veracruz that flourished between 1300 and 400 BC
federation of tribes, tribe - a federation (as of American Indians)
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
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Olmèque
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Many of these motifs are well known as they are part of a horizon style which may have ultimately originated in the Olmec civilization of the Gulf Coast, from where it spread broadly in Mesoamerica in the Early to the Middle Formative ([60]: 12).
What today we are calling the Olmec civilization flourished in the present Mexican states of Vera Cruz and Tabasco.
Anthropologists typically fall into one of two competing camps: the first believes that it developed almost entirely on its own in the jungles of what now is Guatemala and southern Mexico; the second believes that the Mayan civilization developed as the result of direct influences from the older Olmec civilization and its center of La Venta.
Radiocarbon dating at Ceibal challenges previous proposals that Maya civilization arose either on its own or from the direct influence of southern Mexico's Olmec civilization, which dates from roughly 3,500 to 2,400 years ago.
The second believes that the Maya civilization developed as the result of direct influences from the older Olmec civilization and its center of La Venta.
It has been identified as a pre-Columbian civic-ceremonial center of the Southern Gulf Coast Olmec civilization. It dates from around 900 to 400 B.C., Doering said.
Around 1200 B.C., the Olmec civilization created massive sculptures depicting helmeted human heads measuring approximately 9 feet high.