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n. Archaeology
A very small blade made of flaked stone and used as a tool, especially in the European Mesolithic Period.

mi′cro·lith′ic (-lĭth′ĭk) adj.
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(Archaeology) archaeol a small Mesolithic flint tool which was made from a blade and formed part of hafted tools
ˌmicroˈlithic adj
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(ˈmaɪ krə lɪθ)

a very small stone tool made from a sharp blade-shaped piece of stone and used as the working part of a composite tool or weapon, esp. in Mesolithic times.
mi`cro•lith′ic, adj.
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1. a very small isotropic needlelike crystal, found usually in volcanic rocks.
2. a very small stone tooi or part of a tool, as a tooth of a primitive saw. — microlithic, adj.
See also: Geology
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A small prehistoric flint tool.
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