Definition of Epipalaeolithic in English:

Epipalaeolithic

(US Epipaleolithic)

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting a Stone Age period that shows features of both the Palaeolithic and the Mesolithic and may be transitional between them.

    ‘excavation of Epipalaeolithic sites has yielded a large amount of unique data’
    • ‘One of the most striking exhibits is a red hand silhouette painted on a stone slab, dating from the Epipaleolithic period.’
    • ‘There is evidence in these later Epipaleolithic sites of a population explosion around 5500 BC, possibly due to the development of true agriculture.’

noun

the Epipalaeolithic
  • A Stone Age period that shows features of both the Palaeolithic and the Mesolithic.

    ‘solid evidence for residential architecture is virtually non-existent for much of the Epipalaeolithic’

Origin

Early 20th century from epi-‘upon, in addition’ + Palaeolithic.

Pronunciation

Epipalaeolithic

/ˌɛpɪpalɪə(ʊ)ˈlɪθɪk/