1. A general term for the prehistoric period intermediate between the earliest period (‘Paleo-Indian’, ‘Paleo-American’, ‘American‐paleolithic’, &c.) of human presence in the Western Hemisphere, and the most recent prehistoric period (‘Woodland’, etc.).
  2. (A member of) an archaic variety of Homo sapiens.


  1. Of or characterized by antiquity; old-fashioned, quaint, antiquated.
  2. No longer in ordinary use, though still used occasionally to give a sense of antiquity.
  3. Belonging to the archaic period

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