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n. pl. pre·his·to·ries
1. History of humankind in the period before recorded history.
2. The circumstances or developments leading up to or surrounding an event or situation; background: "[He] then told me the curious prehistory of his obsessive interest in the seduction theory" (Janet Malcolm).
pre′his·tor′i·an (-hĭ-stôr′ē-ən, -stŏr′-) n.
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n, pl -ries
1. (Archaeology) the prehistoric period
2. (Archaeology) the study of this period, relying entirely on archaeological evidence
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pre•his•to•ry(priˈhɪs tə ri, -ˈhɪs tri)
n., pl. -ries.
1. human history in the period before recorded events, known mainly through archaeological discoveries, study, research, etc.
2. a history of the events or circumstances leading to something.
pre`his•to′ri•an (-hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-) n.
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|Noun||1.||prehistory - the time during the development of human culture before the appearance of the written word|
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
Bronze Age - (archeology) a period between the Stone and Iron Ages, characterized by the manufacture and use of bronze tools and weapons
Iron Age - (archeology) the period following the Bronze Age; characterized by rapid spread of iron tools and weapons
Stone Age - (archeology) the earliest known period of human culture, characterized by the use of stone implements
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prehistory[ˈpriːˈhɪstərɪ] N → prehistoria f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
prehistory[ˌpriːˈhɪstəri] n → préhistoire fpre-industrial [ˌpriːɪnˈdʌstriəl] preindustrial (US) adj → préindustriel(le)
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n → Vorgeschichte f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
prehistory[ˌpriːˈhɪst/ərɪ] n → preistoria
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