Olmec: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (ol'mek, ōl'-), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -mecs, -mec.
  1. of or designating a Mesoamerican civilization, c1000–400b.c.,along the southern Gulf coast of Mexico, characterized by extensive agriculture, a dating system, long-distance trade networks, pyramids and ceremonial centers, and very fine jade work.
  1. a member of the ancient people who belonged to the Olmec civilization.
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