Associations to the word «Archaic»


ARCHAIC, noun. (archaeology) (US) (usually capitalized) A general term for the prehistoric period intermediate between the earliest period (‘[1]’, ‘Paleo-American’, ‘American‐paleolithic’, &c.) of human presence in the Western Hemisphere, and the most recent prehistoric period (‘Woodland’, etc.).
ARCHAIC, noun. (paleoanthropology) (A member of) an archaic variety of Homo sapiens.
ARCHAIC, adjective. Of or characterized by antiquity; old-fashioned, quaint, antiquated.
ARCHAIC, adjective. (of words) No longer in ordinary use, though still used occasionally to give a sense of antiquity.
ARCHAIC, adjective. (archaeology) Belonging to the archaic period
ARCHAIC LATIN, proper noun. Synonym of Old Latin.

Dictionary definition

ARCHAIC, adjective. So extremely old as seeming to belong to an earlier period; "a ramshackle antediluvian tenement"; "antediluvian ideas"; "archaic laws".
ARCHAIC, adjective. Little evolved from or characteristic of an earlier ancestral type; "archaic forms of life"; "primitive mammals"; "the okapi is a short-necked primitive cousin of the giraffe".

Wise words

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